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Duterte plans Kuwait visit ‘out of gratitude:’ Pinalampas nila ang mura ko

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President Rodrigo Duterte plans to go to Kuwait to thank the Kuwaiti officials for signing the agreement for the protection of Filipino migrant workers.

In a speech at the oath taking of barangay officials in Pampanga Tuesday (June 12), Duterte admitted he used harsh words towards the Kuwaitis at the height of the tension over the abuses suffered by Filipinos in the Gulf state.

“So out of gratitude, magpasalamat lang ako doon. After all, they’re also human beings, I found out. But I was a bit harsh, very harsh during the early days at pinalagpas lang nila ‘yung mga mura ko. So I will go there,” he said.

Duterte ordered a halt to the deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait after the killing of domestic helper Joanna Demafelis, whose body was found inside a freezer last February. He said he will not lift the ban unless the Gulf state ensures the protection of Filipinos.

Officials of the Philippine and Kuwaiti governments signed the agreement in May despite the diplomatic row over the controversial rescue of allegedly distressed Filipino workers.