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Philippine lawmakers issues stern warning against Kuwait
April 23, 2018, 3:34 pm

Two Philippine lawmakers issued a stern warning after some Kuwaiti officials sought the expulsion of Philippine ambassador Renato Pedro Villa over the video which appeared to show Philippine embassy personnel whisking an abused Filipino domestic helper away from her Kuwaiti employer’s home in diplomatic vehicles. “If they throw out our ambassador, it will not be left unanswered by the Philippine government.

There will surely be tit-for-tat,” ACTS-OFW Rep. Aniceto ‘John’ Bertiz III said in a statement. He branded as “totally uncalled for” the demand of several members of Parliament in Kuwait that the Philippine ambassador be kicked out over the incident portrayed in the video. Bertiz was in Kuwait over the weekend to ensure that undocumented Filipino workers who obtained amnesty from the Kuwait government were repatriated.

Bertiz said the Kuwaiti officials should understand that the Philippine government is duty-bound to safeguard its nationals wherever they may be. “In extreme cases wherein Filipino domestic workers are being physically battered or sexually abused, and cry out for help, our embassy is expected to take appropriate action,” he said.

For his part, AKO BICOL partylist Rep. Rodel Batocabe said: “If they want to expel our ambassador, then, (we) might just as well call for the expulsion of their ambassador. Anyway, the Kuwaiti Embassy here has done nothing to improve its relations with us nor penalize its nationals who are involved in trafficking and fleecing our kababayan. ” Shortly after the video went viral, the Kuwait Foreign Ministry summoned Philippine ambassador Renato Pedro Villa to hand him two diplomatic protest notes.

A spokesperson at the ministry said the notes were “related to recent remarks by several Filipino officials which [amounted to] serious offences against the State of Kuwait and [led] to the actions of some embassy employees in violation of the diplomatic norms governing relations between the two countries as per the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations,” the Kuwait News Agency reported.


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