MANILA, May 10,2015 – “Tapatan sa Aristocrat” tomorrow will discuss Filipino migrants and some of their most challenging realities worldwide.
Former Senator Richard J. Gordon, now Philippine Red Cross chairman; Migrante Deputy Secretary General Sol Pillas; National Center for Mental Health Director Dr. Benny Vicente; and Mel Nuqui, president of the Philippine Migrant Workers’ Rights Watch will give media practitioners a concrete picture of Overseas Filipino Workers’ (OFWs) lives.
It has been said thta at least 10% of the Filipino population are spread across the world, sending nearly US$ 30 billion in 2014. About 2,704 Filipinos leave the Philippines daily based on about a million job orders processed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) every year.
No less than Foreign Affairs Department spokesman and Asst. Secretary Charles Jose confirmed 88 Filipinos are facing the death penalty, most of whom are in China and Malaysia.
“Most of them were already given [a] two-year reprieve, while some are on appeal,” Jose added.
Several Filipinos have been executed for murder and drug-related convictions.
Gordon said Filipino labor migrants have been subjected to abuses, from contract substitution to confiscation of Philippine passports, while some women have been sexually-violated.
The discussions comes a day before an international gathering hosted by the Philippine Red Cross on March 12 to 13 at the Manila Diamond Hotel where Philippine government officials are expected to brief everyone on current programs and policies.
“Tapatan sa Aristocrat” is produced by Areopagus Social Media for Asia, Inc. in partnership with the national landmark The Aristocrat along Roxas Blvd. corner San Andres, Malate, Manila. (Melo Acuña/CBCPNews)