CBCP expressed support on the President's order to probe recruiter of Demafelis: "They should be held accountable.."

 Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos (ctto)

For once, the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines -Episcopal Commission on Migrant and Itinerant People (CBCP-ECMI) has shown support to the current administration’s act.

President Rodrigo Duterte ordered to investigate all placement and recruitment agencies, including the one that recruited the slain Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW), Joanna Demafelis.

According to reports, Demafelis died inside the freezer after the torture she suffered from her employers in Kuwait.

“We support and we appreciate the decision of the president that recruitment agency of Joanna be investigated, and all placement and recruitment agencies of which our overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have suffered, abused and victimized by their employers,” said the chairman of the CBCP-ECMI, Bishop Ruperto Santos.

He noted that Filipino recruitment firm should ensure safety and protection of the Filipino workers they processed and sent abroad.

“They should be held accountable for the welfare and wellbeing of our OFWs. Their job is not just to send our OFWs abroad, but it is their responsibility that our OFWs are justly, very humanely treated and, contract works and salaries are strictly followed, fairly given and duly respected,” the Bataan priest said.

“And those placement and recruitment agencies who are amiss, negligent and abusive should be investigated, prosecuted and lawfully punished,” he added.

Earlier, the President commanded the National Bureau of Investigation to look for the local recruiters of Demafelis.

The employers of the slain OFW were already arrested, Lebanese national Nader Essam Assaf and his Syrian wife, Mona Hassoun, both are the main suspects in the killing.

Demafelis was reportedly recruited by Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Global E-Human Resources Incorporated. The said company was shut down in 2016.


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