President Aquino 'very' concerned on reported OFW harassment in Taiwan

May 20, 2013 10:51 pm 

MANILA, May 20 — President Benigno S. Aquino III was "very" concerned on the reported maltreatment against Filipino workers in Taiwan, saying that verified reports of such incident should immediately be rendered assistance.

"The President was very concerned about these reports," said Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte in a press briefing on Monday.

Valte, however, said the President "did make the cautionary note that these reports should be verified by us independently, and that if we do verify them at the soonest –at the juncture that we do verify these incidents, that we should immediately render assistance."

The Palace official also said that the Taiwanese government has already assured to provide additional security and protection for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the area following reports of maltreatments from Taiwanese nationals after the May 9 incident in the Balintang Channel that led to the unintentional killing of a Taiwanese fisherman.

"Their (Taiwan) leadership has already expressed intent to provide additional security and we’re hoping that the incidents will not be repeated. They have already manifested their intent to do so (stop these attacks on Filipinos), and we hope that with the move that they are supposed –that they are apparently ready to provide, the additional protection, we hope that these incidents will not be repeated again," she stressed.

Valte said there were two confirmed reports of violence against Filipinos in Taiwan.

She reiterated the Philippine government’s appeal for calm and not to inflict harm on OFWs in Taiwan.

"We understand that the tension is very high and we are hoping that, moving forward, there would be a resolution to these issues that are being raised, which is why we’ve continually appealed for calm," said Valte.

She also reiterated the MECO Advisory for Filipinos to limit themselves from going out, not to do unnecessary things, to stay within their workplace and their homes for the meantime," she said. (PNA)



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