• Probe reported Pinoy lay offs, DFA urged

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    Vice President Jejomar Binay urged the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to look into reports that some Filipino workers in Australia have been laid off because of Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial remarks on the rape and killing of an Australian missionary.

    TOUCHING LIVES Vice President Jejomar Binay talks to a mother who attended his campaign rally in Binmaley, Pangasinan. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    TOUCHING LIVES Vice President Jejomar Binay talks to a mother who attended his campaign rally in Binmaley, Pangasinan. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    “I am asking the Department of Foreign Affairs to immediately look into reports that Filipino workers in Australia have been terminated by their employer because of the irresponsible and vulgar remarks made by Mr. Duterte about wanting to rape a dead Australian missionary,” Binay said.

    “Wala raw pakialam si Mr. Duterte sa opinyon ng ibang bansa, partikular ang Australia at Amerika. Nakalimutan ni Mister Duterte na milyun-milyong mga kababayan natin ang nagtatrabaho sa ibang bansa at responsibilidad ng isang gustong maging pangulo na unahin ang interes nila, hindi ang kanyang sarili [Mr. Duterte does not care about the opinion of other countries, particularly Australia and the US. He forgot that millions of Filipinos are working abroad and someone who wants to be president should give priority to their plight],” the vice president said.

    “Sabagay, itong asal at gawa ni Mr. Duterte ay hindi na ngayon nakakapagtaka. Ang diagnosis sa kanya ay meron siyang psychological disorder. Hindi wasto ang pag-iisip. Wala siyang pakialam sa ibang tao, wala siyang pakialam kung mayroon siyang nasaktan, tanging sarili lang ang mahalaga [Anyhow, these actions of Mr. Duterte should no longer surprise us. He has been diagnosed with a psychological disorder. His thinking is not right, he doesn’t care about other people, he doesn’t care if he has hurt someone],” the vice president said.

    “Huwag nating itaya ang kapakanan at kaligtasan ng mga mahal natin sa buhay sa taong hindi wasto ang pag-iisip (We should not risk the safety of our loved ones by electing someone with a mental problem),” he added.

    A message from a Filipino working in Australia recently went viral. The message stated that an Australian company will no longer renew the contracts of all Filipino workers under its employ after Duterte poked fun at the rape and murder of Australian lay minister Jacqueline Hamill.

    “The owner of the company we’re working for is a very devout Christian and she felt insulted by Duterte’s comments against her fellow Aussie, our supervisor already told us today that the contracts of all of us 50 Filipino workers will no longer be renewed, that we will be replaced by Pacific Islanders. Sampu lang ‘yong mga Duterte fans sa grupo namin pero damay kami lahat dahil sa kabastusan ng iniidolo nila,” the anonymous sender of the message said.

    Binay said that Duterte has not even been elected as president but his blunders on the
    campaign trail have caused the Filipino people much disappointment.

    “Nakakabahala ito. Kung totoo ang balitang ito, nanganganib ang mismong kabuhayan ng milyun-milyong OFWs sa ibang bansa. Hindi pa siya pangulo, ipinapahamak na ni Duterte ang buhay, kaligtasan at hanapbuhay ng ating mga kababayan. Mas masaklap ang haharapin nila kung siya ang ihahalal. Walang malinaw na plano si Duterte para bigyan ng trabaho ang mga mahihirap. Ano ang ipapakain nya sa mga OFWs na uuwi dito, bala?

    [This is disturbing. If this is true, the livelihood of millions of OFWs is in danger. He has not even been elected president yet but he has caused damage to the lives, safety and jobs of Filipinos. Their situation will worsen if he gets elected. Duterte has no clear plan for the poor. What will he give OFWs who are sent home?” Bullets?] he added.

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