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Wednesday, May 24, 2017
6 OFWs to be repatriated from Russia – PHL envoy
Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos Sorreta on Tuesday said President Rodrigo Duterte had instructed them to repatriate six overseas Filipino workers back to the Philippines.
“May instructions siya na i-repatriate namin pero dadaan sa proseso. Ngayon, anim iyong ire-repatriate naming, pero diretso sa Pilipinas,” Sorreta said.
Sorreta said they were able to appeal to the Russian government not to file charges against them.
“We’re taking care of them. The Russian authorities know that they won’t be working. They are taking our word for it that they won’t run away, maghahanap ng trabaho,” he added.
On May 19, 14 Filipino workers in Moscow were released after they were detained for three days because of illegal recruitment.
Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for European Affairs Ma. Cleofe Trinidad said that Duterte offered them a plane ride home.
But Sorreta said that it would not be unlikely because Duterte was expected to drop by Dubai, United Arab Emirates after his Russian trip.
Sorreta said that 90 percent of OFWs in Russia are household workers, nannies, and caretakers of second homes or dacha.
“They are treated very well. They are treated so well that we now have an influx of workers from Hong Kong and the Middle East,” he said.
/RSJ, GMA News
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