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Kuwait releases Pinoy drivers in rescue, to sign MOA on OFWs
May 10, 2018, 9:36 am

The Kuwaiti government has agreed to release the four Filipino drivers who were detained after figuring in the Philippine embassy's recent controversial rescue of distressed overseas Filipino workers in the gulf state.

According to the presidential spokesman Harry Roque, Kuwait has also agreed to sign a memorandum of agreement meant to protect Filipino migrants.

These developed following a meeting between Filipino and Kuwaiti officials on Wednesday. Present at the meeting with officials of the Kuwaiti Interior Ministry were Roque Labor Secretary Silvestre Belo III, former Labor Secretary Marianito Roque, Labor Attaché Rustico dela Fuente, and Deputy Chief of Mission in Kuwait Mohd Noordin Lomondot.

"The Philippine delegation met officials from the Kuwaiti Interior Ministry where the Philippines and Kuwait look forward to the normalization of ties," Roque said in a statement. "Kuwait, on its part, has expressed the value of Filipinos in Kuwait.

A Memorandum of Agreement is expected to be signed and agreed upon after the meeting," he added. The four detained Filipino drivers hired by the Philippine Embassy to rescue distressed OFWs were also released as a result of the meeting.

"It guaranteed that all remaining undocumented Filipinos (under 600), except for those with pending cases, will be allowed to go home. At least 150 of them will be joining the Philippine officials in returning to the Philippines," Roque said.

Source: GMA News


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