Friday, April 20, 2007

For immediate filing:

While discussing about the Campbell case, DZBB's Rene Sta. Cruz remarked about the difficulties ordinary OFWs in the Middle East face when they seek help from Philippine officials stationed there. Apparently, staff members in Philippine missions to Middle Eastearn countries chiefly consists of Muslims. This arrangement, he presumes, was made in view of the need to effectively interact and collaborate with the host nations which are predominantly Islamic. However, the same arrangement causes tensions between the mainly Muslim embassy staff with the ordinary OFW, who would usually be Christian. It seems that in most cases, rather than helping the OFW seeking help at the embassy againsts an abusive employer,the Muslim embassy staff would side with the abusive co-religionist. Thus, the OFW suffers because of the lack or absence of help from the embassy.

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