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Sasaglit lang: Duterte to visit Kuwait for signing of deal on protecting OFWs

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President Rodrigo Duterte will fly to Kuwait to witness the signing of an agreement ensuring the protection of Filipino migrant workers employed there.

In a speech before the Filipino community in Hong Kong Thursday (April 12), Duterte said he decided to visit Kuwait after its government acceded to his demands about better treatment for Filipino workers.

“I think to give honor also to the Kuwaiti government, I will go there for the signing, just to witness it. Fly in, fly out lang ako,” he said.

Among the President’s demands were allowing the workers to keep their passports or turn them over to the Philippine embassy, allotting seven hours of sleep for them and a day off, allowing them to cook their meals and prohibiting any form of abuse.

Duterte banned the deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait following the discovery of the dead body of house helper Joanna Demafelis inside a freezer in Kuwait last February.

A Kuwaiti court has sentenced Demafelis’ employers, a Lebanese man and his Syrian wife, to death by hanging. However, the suspects have yet to be extradited to Kuwait.

Of the estimated 250,000 who Filipinos work in Kuwait, 75 percent are said to be household service workers.