Some Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), who are working in European countries, voiced out their fear following the European Union’s threat to severe economic ties with the Philippines following the controversial UN speech of Vice President Leni Robredo.
The Union of OFWs – Europe Chapter said some of its members are already experiencing racial discrimination, threats of losing jobs, and discrimination in public places.
UF-EC Secretary General Gwendolyn Pascual told the Telegraph UK on Tuesday that her organization already received dozens of discrimination cases several days after the controversial video of Robredo became viral online.
“People are asking me if I am aware of what is happening in the Philippines. Some would say I am from non-friendly country. Some would say I am from chaotic country. A lot of similar things said to our members”, Pascual said.
Pascual added that there are more than 200,000 working Filipinos living in UK alone and more than 180,000 of them are just temporary or contract workers. “These people are scared that they may lose jobs in no time”, Pascual added.
The controversial speech of Robredo affected not only the Filipinos working abroad, but also the local economy.
Secretary Wanda Teo of Department of Tourism on Monday urge media to tone down comments on the alleged EJK because “it is hard to sell the country and attract tourists”. Teo shared the same sentiments with people working abroad.
On the other hand, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp Chairman Andrea Domingo asked delegates to a Southeast Asian gaming summit if they had seen dead bodies lying around or witnessed torture, allegations frequently hurled at the President.
“If you haven’t, please, do not believe Leni Robredo. She has maligned our country and our people. I feel very badly about this,” Domingo said.
In relation to the controversial video, a group of lawyers and professors are already preparing an impeachment case against Robredo. Although Pres. Duterte asked people to stop the impeachment complaint against the VP, the group plans to submit the complaint on May, when the Congress resumes session. /Lopil Gonzales/
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