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Palace supports Duterte’s decision against Kuwait deployment ban

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By Prince Golez

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar has backed President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision not to impose a total deployment ban of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait following the killing of housemaid Jeanelyn Padernal Villavende.

“Despite the tragedy involving the killing of one of our OFWs, Jeanelyn Villavende, we support President Duterte’s pronouncement that there will be no deployment ban for OFWs bound for Kuwait,” Andanar said in a statement.

“This comes after the proactive and just response made by the Kuwaiti Government on the said case as compared to the case of Joanna Demafelis back in 2018,” he added.

Andanar commended the Kuwaiti government for the implementation of its bilateral labor pact with the Philippines.

“The government of Kuwait has carried out what our administration sought for when we signed an agreement with them to provide better protection for Filipino migrant workers in 2018,” according to him.

In an interview with ABS-CBN on Friday, Duterte said there is no need to repatriate Filipinos working in Kuwait as Kuwaiti authorities “acted swiftly” to arrest those responsible for Villavende’s death.

“The situation is quite different. We do not see apathy there. And the police authorities there in Kuwait acted swiftly, and they have arrested the spouses,” the President said.

“I’m not really keen on moving people out,” he added.

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