OFWs have right to express sentiments – Palace

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Malacañang on Saturday said it respected the decision of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to hold more mass actions against the Bureau of Customs’ plan to tighten rules on balikbayan boxes.

The militant labor group Migrante had said OFWs will turn the Zero Remittance Day into a Zero Vote campaign against administration candidates in the upcoming elections.

Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said it is up to the OFWs to choose the candidates they want in the next election.

“Karapatan po nilang mamili kung sino po ang gusto nilang iboto sa darating na eleksyon (They have the right to choose their next leaders),” Valte said in a radio interview.


“Ang inaasahan lang po natin ay siyempre mababase po ito sa plataporma; mababase po ito doon sa ano po ba ‘yung ikagaganda pa ng ating bansa, at ‘yung ikabubuti pa ng buhay ng ating mga pamilya (We only hope that this decision will be based on platform, on programs that will spur growth),” she added.

Valte said OFWs are free to express their sentiments on issues, admitting that the balikbayan box controversy unleashed a lot of messages from different parts of the world.

“At ang lagi ko pong sinasabi sa kanila ay malaya silang ipahayag ang kanilang mga saloobin whether they join a ‘no remittance day’ or they may send government a message on Facebook or they can post their sentiments online or magpa-interview sila sa media (I always tell them that they are free to express their sentiments, whether they join a “no remittance day,” Valte said.

Filipinos abroad did not remit cash to the Philippines on Friday but the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said the zero remittance day had no significant impact on the economy.

Cash sent home by overseas Filipinos help fuel the country’s consumption-induced economic growth.

The BOC had said it will come out with the revised regulations on how to handle balikbayan boxes next week.

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  1. Yeah the freedom to choose and Mar Roxas prefer them all but what have you done to BOC, of course they change their mind of choosing him…instead their vote will be counted for him, seems it will never happen…Please be considerate to OFW, they are not there for pleasure; they work hard to send money for their love ones.

  2. May maayos bang plataporma ang administration allies? Puro baluktot! Puro kalokohan! Puro gimmick! Walang nagawa! Paano natin iboboto ito, puro magnanakaw! Puro bulsa ng pera ng mamamayan! Walang abante puro atras, hanggang ngayon nakalingon pa rin sa likod!

  3. Why are you explaining their rights. They know their rights, especially voting rights to get rid of all you idiots. The OFW’s are great people who with their money sent back here really helps this country (more than what the gov”t does. So Malacanang get your head out of your ano, shut your mouth and stop your lies.