DOLE suspends official involved in sex scam


Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz suspended for four months acting Jordan labor attaché Mario Antonio who was allegedly involved in the controversial sex-for-flight scheme.

Baldoz said the decision to suspend Antonio was based on the evidence gathered against him.

“After a thorough investigation, I have ordered the four-month suspension without pay of Mario Antonio effective 15 days upon receipt of the decision,” she told reporters.

She added that the DOLE’s fact-finding team confirmed that Antonio had used “vulgar and indecent language” against distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). He also used “office-issued” laptops to view pornographic materials.

Baldoz added that she expects to finish the investigation into the separate complaints filed against Adam Musa, labor attaché in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and assistant labor attaché Antonio Villafuerte, who were also accused of abusing OFWs.

Antonio appealed his suspension and asked the Labor chief to lessen the penalties against him. He claimed that the pornographic materials found on his laptop were not his, but from an unidentified ward.


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