President Rodrigo Duterte said he will ask China to open doors for Filipinos who want to work abroad, especially teachers and domestic helpers.
“I will ask China to open its doors to us. They need teachers and domestic helpers. And I said to them that if you can consider the Philippines, we would be glad to allow our workers to work here,” President Duterte said during a briefing upon his arrival from India.
“All I ask is that treat them, I said with dignity. Huwag ninyong abusuhin. Hindi naman ‘yan – They are not, you know, Filipino women are not merchandise, you buy and just do what you want. It sucks,” he added.
“I would like to address myself to all nations taking in Filipino as workers. All I ask is that you treat them decently. Do not destroy their dignity as a human being. Let them sleep long enough for them to. ‘Yung binibigay, the complaint is that they’re fed with leftovers and they are only allowed. Kaya nagsu-suicide eh. Hindi na matiis. Including rape,” he said.
“I will not make a sweeping statement. There are countries that if you are a slave bought from the slave markets, or you are paid to work for them, rape includes the term of agreements. It’s a cultural insanity. Huwag ninyong gawain ‘yan,” he said.
“We are ready to suffer. They come home,” he added. “I think the loss of employment opportunities for the people. But at the same time, I grieve for the Filipinos for what they have to go through, and suffering. If it means a reduced income, it will redound to a less GDP, then so be it.”
“And as a worker of government, as one who also decides whether we go there or not. I will not hesitate to lose your friendship, not at the expense of the Filipino. Do not do it,” he added.