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They’re no wage slaves! Locsin fumes over ban on overseas deployment of health workers

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Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr. is livid over the decision of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to ban the deployment of healthcare workers overseas due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis in the country.

In a series of tweets posted Thursday (April 10), Locsin said the government has no right to stop Filipinos from leaving the country and finding work abroad.

“Have idiots ever heard of Constitutional right to travel especially to get the hell out of here and get decent jobs and decent pay abroad. Government can ban those whose education it financially supported. Not those who had scraped to pay tuition,” he said.

When a netizen pointed out that POEA’s Governing Board, led by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, passed the resolution suspending the deployment of healthcare workers without a representative from the industry, Locsin replied with an expletive.

“Exactly, putangina, just so some of us get too feel like patriots at the expense of others who get treated like wage slaves. Shet,” he said.

Covered by the deployment ban are: doctors, nurses, microbiologists, molecular biologists, medical technologisys, clinical analysts, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, laboratory technicians, x-ray or radiologic technicians, nursing assistants, supervisor of health services and personal care, and repairman of medical-hospital equipment.

POEA said the deployment of healthcare workers will be suspended until the national state of emergency declared by President Rodrigo Duterte due to the COVID-19 crisis is lifted.

Locsin said healthcare workers forced to remain in the Philippines should be paid in euros if they cannot return to their jobs.

“That only makes sense and justice if we pay them foreign rates and later—this is gonna be my work—negotiate first class work contracts for them because I don’t trust people in the pockets of recruiters. If suspension, we owe departing health workers mucho in Euros,” he tweeted.

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