Superstar Nora Aunor on Tuesday led more than 300 rallyists who marched to historic Mendiola Bridge to call for the immediate resignation of President Benigno Aquino 3rd for his failure to protect the plight of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
Supported by members of Migrante International and Gabriela, Aunor said OFWs now are worse off after Flor Contemplacion was hanged in Singapore 20 years ago.
“Twenty years after her death, we continue to bear witness to the struggles of thousands upon thousands of Flor Contemplacions. A series of executions of OFWs in foreign land. Some are victims of war in the country where they are working,” said the singer-actress, who once also sought for the resignation of then President Joseph Ejercito Estrada, now mayor of Manila.
At present, about 13 to 15 million Filipinos are working overseas and their remittances help keep the country’s economy afloat.
Migrante said as long as the labor export policy is in force, there can be no genuine protection of OFWs.
Gabriela, meanwhile, said 50.5 percent of women are currently employed and many of them are under contractual employment.
After Flor Contemplacion, hundreds if not thousands of Filipino women have suffered from labor slavery despite avowed commitment by the Philippine government to mainstream gender issues and fulfil the Beijing Platform for Action’s framework for change, Gabriela Secretary-General Joms Salvador said.