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‘We did not export them, they fled:’ Locsin thanks Piers Morgan for tribute to Filipino nurses in UK

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British journalist Piers Morgan has expressed public gratitude to Filipino nurses caring for coronavirus patients in the United Kingdom.

Morgan’s tribute to the unsung heroes drew appreciation from Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.

“THANK YOU PIERS MORGAN. They need it,” Locsin tweeted.

Locsin told Morgan that the Filipino nurses actually fled the country after being neglected by the government. He said the country did not export the nurses abroad.

“Here in the Philippines which they fled for its neglect of them, a ban on ‘the export’ of our nurse was proposed. I said we didn’t export them, they fled. I kicked the ban in the trash bin. It’s also unconstitutional. Thank you again,” he said.

Morgan thanked the “amazing” Filipino nurses in his UK program “Good Morning Britain.”

“Amazing number of Filipinos working in NHS (National Health Service), are unsung heroes. Thank you to all the Filipinos who are here, doing all this,” he said.

He said people sometimes forget the “extraordinary workforce” including immigrant workers in the healthcare system.

“It’s worth bearing in mind when we talk about immigrants in this country, these are the immigrants currently saving people’s lives. Coming here and actually enriching our country and doing an amazing job,” Morgan said.

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