Kuwait ban: “sign of gov’t failure to help OFWs” PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 February 2018 13:23

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… However, if you no longer listen to the Lord your God, and no longer obey His commands… all of these curses will come upon you and overtake you… Your sons and daughters will be given to other nations, and you will wear out your eyes waiting for them, powerless to lift a hand…” (Deuteronomy 28:15, 32, the Holy Bible).

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A PLEA FOR THE PROV’L. PROSECUTOR OF BATANGAS: There is a big problem that the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor of Batangas must have to resolve as soon as possible, and this concerns its failure to install a new prosecutor that will handle sensitive criminal cases undergoing litigation at the Branch 01 of the Regional Trial Court which is stationed at Batangas City.

While it has been a month or so already from the time the former prosecutor of that court, Ms. Catherine Marino Monsod, got transferred as a new judge of a newly-organized Family Court in Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro, no replacement prosecutor has been assigned yet to take her former position. This is causing anger and dismay among litigants who have pending criminal cases in the court.

The reason is that, because of the absence of a prosecutor, hearings always got postponed and cancelled, according to the magistrate handling RTC Branch 01, Judge Florencio Arellano (himself a former prosecutor who was promoted to the judiciary). Judge Arellano warned the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor that affected litigants may find the courage to bring their complaints with President Duterte, who could then impose unwanted sanctions.

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KUWAIT DEPLOYMENT BAN: SIGN OF GOV’T FAILURE TO HELP OFWs: Is the total deployment ban against overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) the most effective solution against the maltreatment, abuse, and even death of OFWs in Kuwait? If OFWs who have been working for quite some time now in Kuwait are to be asked, nothing good is going to come out of that total deployment ban.

In a post in Facebook, Elmer Mariano Jacalne (a relative of mine who had worked in Kuwait for years and who is still in that country today but with his immediate family members already joining him there) clarified that deployment bans like this against OFWs working in Kuwait only showed the failure of government to afford protection or provide lasting solutions to the problems of Filipinos working abroad.

Jacalne added that problems about the welfare, well-being, and safety of OFWs who have sought the proverbial greener pastures abroad have been a long-pestering concern, with the government unable to find any effective solution. Well, if the truth be told, not one single Philippine administration tried to truly solve this malady among OFWs. Up to now, while OFWs are hailed as heroes of the land, they continue to be treated as mere fattening pigs by our own government.

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ABUSES AGAINST OFWs PROPHESIED TO HAPPEN LONG AGO: I will ask to be properly understood when I say, yet again, that the only solution I can think of to prevent abuse or fatal injuries against OFWs by their foreign masters is simple: do not allow them anymore to work abroad. If they are not going to be deployed for foreign employment, no foreigner will ever have the chance or the opportunity to abuse them.

But all of us know that we cannot really prohibit or prevent our countrymen from seeking employment overseas. The reason is that, there is no work here in the Philippines that would approximate what they would be earning as OFWs. If we want to prevent them from going abroad, the appropriate opportunity should be made available to them right here in their own country, which is totally impossible to happen today.

Where then should we look at for a solution on this issue? If I am to be asked, I will endeavor to remind everyone, especially those who are in government, that curses like these against our people have been written about and warned to happen, just like what our Life’s Inspirations today is saying. The clear solution is God. I hope we will try to read how God will help our OFWs in Deuteronomy 28:15, 32, and act accordingly.

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FOR QUESTIONS, REACTIONS: If anyone would like to ask me any question about what the burning issues of the  day mean, or what we have discussed here, or to consult on any problem, whatever it maybe, please call 0917 984 24 68, or email me at batasmauricio@yahoo.com, or post your concerns at www.facebook.com/attybatas.  Promise, I will answer right away. Thank God in the Name of Jesus, Amen!

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