“But one more incident about being a – a woman, a Filipina worker being raped there, committing suicide. I’m going to stop – I’m going to ban,” President Rodrigo Duterte said in his departure speech for the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit and India’s Republic Day Celebration on January 24.
President Duterte was talking about the plight of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were reportedly being maltreated in Kuwait.
“And I’m sorry, the Filipinos there, you can all go home. Tutal ‘pag na – nag-alis kayo lahat na mga Pilipino diyan, they will also be having a hell of a time adjusting to that,” he said. “Hindi ako papayag na – a continuous incident of things like that.”
“Can I ask you now just to treat my countrymen as human beings with dignity. I do not
want to fight with you. We need your help to improve our country,” the President noted.
“We are poor. We may need your help but we will not do it at the expense of the dignity of the
Filipino,” he said. “Let me be blunt about this because Kuwait has always been an ally.”
“But please do something about it and for all the other countries in the Middle East,” he added.