Manila, Philippines—More than 20 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) based in United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been imprisoned due to issuance of bouncing checks are now pleading for help. Migrante Middle East said, they, too are victims of fraudulent business activities that put them in trouble with authorities in the first place.
In a statement, Migrante-ME regional coordinator John Leonard F. Monterona said the 22 Filipino workers knew nothing about the scam until their checks bounced due to lack of funds.
Monterona said, they have already warned Filipinos about fraudulent business mushrooming in the Middle East, victimizing migrant workers. These syndicates promise big profits to lure their prey. In the end, it was the poor victim who will suffer the consequences of the illegal activity.
The migrant leader said, the Migrante-UAE is now closely monitoring the case and constantly communicating with the victims and their families here in the Philippines.
“We are calling our government to help these people for they too are victims here. As per existing laws, they also deserve legal assistance,” he said.
Monterona also urged the government to act promptly on the case before it was too late. Moreover, the RP Consulate in Dubai is also instructed to assist the 22 Filipino workers in order to get their jobs back as their employers have already fired them.
“The RP post could also help the victims keep their respective job as they were already terminated by their respective employer by talking to their employers and explain the circumstances why the 22 OFWs have been absent from work for quite sometime,” Monterona said.
Meanwhile, Migrante-ME renewed their plea to Filipino communities abroad to be careful and be more vigilant about these fraudulent companies.
“Do not be lured by big profits. This is their common modus operandi: To make you believe that your money can be doubled or tripled once you invest with them. They will even tell you to recruit more so that you can have more. Let us remember an old Tagalog proverb, “Ang naghahangad ng kagitna, isang salop ang nawawala” (He who takes a lot of risks loses more than he can gain.) We do hope that the case of our fellow 22 OFWs would give us lesson not to engage on such illegal activities and be more wiser next time,” Monterona furthered. (Dateline Philippines)