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Prez Durterte’s plan to visit Kuwait remains uncertain

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte REUTERS/Dondi Tawatao/File Photo

President Rodrigo Duterte’s supposed plan to visit Kuwait remains uncertain amid the continued repatriation of the Philippine government on Overseas Filipino Workers in the said Middle Eastern country.

During Malacanang’s press briefing on Monday, Presidential Spokesman Sec. Harry Roque said that he is not aware of the President’s plan to visit Kuwait.

According to Roque, the president was last heard saying that he wants to go to Kuwait in order to discuss with their government on how they should treat Filipinos working in their country.

Also, Roque said that the president will only go to Kuwait once an agreement has been set on the minimum terms and conditions for employment of Filipino Overseas Workers.

When asked by the media regarding the meeting between representatives from the Kuwaiti government and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Roque said that based on the feedback he had received, OWWA is very much upbeat that the Kuwaiti government will grant them their conditions.

A memorandum of agreement between the two countries regarding the plight of OFWs is currently in the works.

Early this year, President Duterte ordered a total deployment ban of OFWs in Kuwait following the death of Joanna Demafelis, who was found stuffed inside a freezer in an abandoned apartment.

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