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Migrante International criticized Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for disregarding reports that three OFWs in death row for the killing of three other Filipinos were tortured into confessing to the crime. Her appeal for the commutation of the sentence of the three to Saudi Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz al Saud, Migrante said, is tantamount to admitting…

A group of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) called for the scrapping of the sample contract being promoted by Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) for OFWs. BY BULATLAT MIGRANT WATCH Bulatlat A group of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) called for the scrapping of the sample contract being promoted by Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) for OFWs.…

BY BULATLAT An alliance of overseas Filipino workers’ organizations based in the Middle East has set October 17 as a “Black” Friday to protest against and condemn the Arroyo administration for acting ‘too late with too little efforts to save an overseas Filipino worker from execution.’ The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed the execution…

BY BULATLAT In reaction to Department of Budget and Management Rolando Andaya, Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Liza Maza said the global financial crisis and the US recession will have ‘a substantial impact on our economy and on Filipino migrants in the United States.’ Andaya earlier claimed that jobs of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the…

he Philippines will host the 2nd Global Forum on Migration and Development (GMFD) this October. Filipino migrant workers, however, deem that the forum will only aggravate their conditions. BY ANGIE DE LARA MIGRANT WATCH Bulatlat Various groups led by Migrante International staged a protest action in Manila, Sept. 19 to oppose the 2nd Global Forum…

Apparently, the purpose of the Forum is not so much to promote and protect the rights of migrants and overseas contract workers but to serve as a venue for dialogue between developed countries, which are concerned with the uncontrolled influx of migrants, and developing countries that are dependent on the export of labor. BY BENJIE…

The Arroyo government fleeces them of their savings before they could work abroad. From the 76 documents required of them, OFWs are charged P17,665 ($399) each, netting for the government around P2.92 billion ($66,018,539) a year. While working abroad, the government charges them for documentary stamps 15 percent for every remittance transaction. Thus, with the…

Last May 5, 2008, seven OFWs, the most recent batch who have been repatriated, were welcomed home by their families and Migrante staff. Carlos Rebutar, spokesperson of the seven stranded OFWs, said they are seeking justice for the negligence that they have experienced in the process of their repatriation. BY JANESS ANN J. ELLAO MIGRANT…