• OFW sex scandal probe recommendation finished by end of July — DOLE

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    The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will have the recommendation on its investigation of the sexual abuse of Filipina migrant workers finished before the end of July.

    The investigating team headed by Leah Fortuna from the Office of the Secretary will be flying to Kuwait on Friday to start the probe.

    From Kuwait, they will fly to Riyadh until July 9 and Jordan until July 13.

    “Data gathering at fact-finding kami which means both testimony and documentary evidence or papers will be gathered and collated. Depending on the findings, we will submit a formal charge to committee that would be created by the Secretary [Rosalinda Baldoz],” DOLE Undersecretary Danilo Cruz said.

    Cruz said no allegations against any official implicated in the controversy have been confirmed. “What is confirmed is that someone testified. But as to the truth of the allegation, it will undergo the usual process. Nobody can, at this moment, say confirmed that someone is guilty or not,” he told reporters.

    Cruz is referring to the sworn testimonies of OFWs identified only as “Michelle,”,”‘Annalisa” and “Angel,” in which they accused Riyadh-based assistant labor attaché Antonio Villafuerte of trying to sexually abuse them..

    JOHANNA SAMPAN

     

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