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Binay tells Pinoys not to be sweet-talked by illegal recruiters

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Don’t be duped by illegal recruiters.

This was the appeal of United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard-bearer Vice President Jejomar Binay to Filipinos Friday, January 15, just before he was scheduled to return from a three-day visit in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Binay will reportedly bring home with him five distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who had sought shelter at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Dubai. They are Rosminda Baui, Belsie Espine, Leowilyn Tan, Angelyn Tak, and Lucrecia Insesto.

The stories of the five OFWs are prototypical of a Filipino who sought employment abroad in order to provide for his or her family but only found abuse and hardship at the hands of a foreign employer.

“Huwag kayong magpapaloko. Kausapin lang ninyo ‘yong mga accredited (agencies). Huwag kayong magpapadala doon sa mga sabi-sabi,” Binay told prospective OFWs.

“Dapat may malinaw din na patakaran para sa mga undocumented na kababayan natin, paano sila matutulungang makauwi. Problema pa rin ang illegal recruitment kaya dapat tuloy-tuloy ang kampanya laban dito,” he added.

The Binay camp provided for the plane tickets of the returning OFWs. They were supposed to come home last Christmas but didn’t have enough money for their fare.

The Vice President said his friends and supporters bought the plane tickets.

“May mga nagmagandang loob na kababayan natin sa Pilipinas, mga businessmen at private individuals na nagbigay ng pambili ng tickets,” he said. (Samantha A. Giron)

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