A farmer in Bagac, Bataan, has appealed to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and their town mayor to help his wife—an OFW in the United Arab Emirates who left her employer five months ago—return to the Philippines.
According to Bernaldo Pelayo, his wife, Lani Jane Dalis, became a "TNT" or "tago nang tago" after leaving her allegedly abusive employer in Dubai.
"Minamaltrato raw ng amo kaya umalis ang asawa ko at nakikitira sa ibang overseas Filipino workers," Pelayo said in a report by GMA News stringer Ernie Esconde.
"Wala sa kanya passport dahil kinuha ng amo niya," he added. "Ang trabaho niya ngayon pa-jab-jab (freelancer)."
Dalis, who used to send P14,000 to her family until she left her employer, went to Dubai on February 1, 2014 to work as a babysitter. She and Pelayo have a four-year-old son who is living with him in a small unfinished house in Bagac.
"Ako po'y nananawagan sa Department of Foreign Affairs na kung maaari tulungan ang aking asawa na nagtatago sa ibang bansa," Pelayo said, adding his wife could not get out or go to the Philippine Embassy for fear that she will be arrested.
He said he has also asked Mayor Ramil del Rosario to help his wife return to the Philippines.
"Lumapit ako kay Mayor Ramil del Rosario upang ako'y tulungan tungkol sa asawa kong nasa ibang bansa na TNT na ngayon," Pelayo said. "Tulong para makauwi ng maayos ang aking asawa."
Del Rosario, meanwhile, promised to help Pelayo's wife return to Bagac. —KBK, GMA News