July 22, 2010—Migrante Middle-East (ME) had expressed alarm over the spate of murders, victimizing overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the region. Last week, two Filipinas were killed, one by her Egyptian hubby and the other one, allegedly killed by her employers and her cadaver had just been dumped somewhere else, in the wide Middle Eastern desert.
John Leonard Monterona, Migrante-ME regional coordinator says in his e-mail, they could not help but to express their fear and dismay over the killings of their compatriots there.
According to reports, a Filipina was killed by her Egyptian husband by stabbing her 31 times while the other one had been killed and dumped in desert. Both incidents happened in the oil-rich Kuwait.
“The incidents are mere reflections of how badly OFWs are treated by their employers or even by their very own husband, and this is not isolated to the two victims but to all OFWs especially here in the Arab countries,” Monterona said.
Prior this, a Filipino was stabbed to death by a Sudanese in Kish Island in Iran. He was Mark Lloyd Carmen, 24. He was waiting for his re-entry visa for him to work again in United Arab Emirates when he had fight with a Sudanese. A fellow Sudanese “had joined the fight” and stabbed Carmen to death. His killer, according to reports, still roams free.
According to Monterona, their office in Saudi Arabia receives about seven to ten cases of abuses and maltreatment, daily. However, the Philippine posts in the Mid-East are “too slow” in responding to the problems of the OFWs.
The migrant leader said despite the agreements that the Philippine government and other governments in the Mid-East had entered into, there are no assurance that the rights, not the mention the lives, of the OFWs will get totally protected.
“Orders are not enough,” says Monterona referring to the commands of President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III to the Department of Foreign Affairs and the other agencies concerned on protecting the rights of the Filipino migrants. “
We need clear, bold and specific actions. Words alone cannot save lives,” said Monterona. (See the story in CBCPNews.com)