Table Talk: Some foreigners in the city are ‘slave drivers’ PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 11:26

BY Mike S Apostol


Many local employees in the city working as salesladies in their store are treated as “slaves” aside from the starvation salaries they receive every day. Some of these lady employees are physically and verbally abused. Worse, their complaints are not given attention by our local authorities and national offices that are tasked to monitor the activities of foreigners in the city. Out of desperation these employees who are victims of abuse by foreigners air their complaints in radio stations for the public to know but still they are set aside and unattended by our authorities. This is injustice in the highest order and abuse of hospitality afforded to foreigners in the city.     During the month-long siege in the city a complaint was lodged against three Middle East foreigners whose business violated a City Ordinance by putting up a business that disturbs the tranquility of a nearby hospital and employing minors. On top of this it is operating with expired business permit and even insulted the head of the city business permit office, when he inspected their establishment as a matter of lawful procedure. A case was filed against these three foreigners and until now the public is not aware if any action from the Bureau of Immigration and the City Government, even if the City Council sitting en banc already adopted a resolution for the investigation and deportation of these foreigners.

The precedence is highly injurious to our local citizens employed by these foreigners because recently another similar complaint of abuse has happened. Up to when will our people be considered “third class” citizens in their own country and city? It is a surprise why national offices whose mandates are to protect local employees and monitor the activities and businesses of foreigners have not done anything to actual incidents of abuse by foreigners.  What about our local officials? What have they done to rescue the plight of these abused employees?

Perhaps the only way to get back the trust of the local citizenry is to stay firm in upholding the provisions of all national and local laws and that no one should be above the law. “Dura Lex Sed Lex”. The Law might be harsh but it the law.

Scoop: How much are these businesses own by foreigners paying taxes to the national and local government? Are they issuing sales receipts? Are they following the Minimum Wage law for the city, the Senior Citizens Law and Gender Protection Law? Perhaps the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), tThe Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the City Government must look into these issues. Who knows the complaints of those abused employees are only “the tip of the iceberg”.