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The partylist Partido Manggagawa slammed Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua for threatening to retaliate against OFW’s in China even as the group opposed the call for the mass deportation of Chinese migrant workers. “We stand for the protection of all migrant workers everywhere and thus oppose threats and plans for deporting en masse both Filipino and Chinese migrant workers,” stated Rene Magtubo, PM national chair.
He added that “The Chinese ambassador’s threat is a blatant blackmail and the government should grow enough spine for the Department of Foreign Affairs to make a diplomatic protest.”
The group asserted that migrant workers should not made pawns in a diplomatic war and also must not become scapegoats in a failed government policy. “It is the Chinese investors bringing in Chinese workers that must be made responsible for their crimes. Everybody’s hypocritically talking of upholding the law by evicting Chinese workers but turn a blind eye to the violations by Chinese investors,” Magtubo explained.
He furthered that “At the root of the problem is the Duterte administration’s lax policy with regard to the entry of Chinese capital and loans. The government itself created the problem because of its subservience to the interests of the Chinese government and Chinese capitalists.”
Magtubo averred that “Instead of mass deportations of migrant workers in the Philippines and China, we call for a bilateral labor agreement to protect migrant workers. Such an agreement must secure decent wages, benefits, working conditions and jobs including the freedom to unionize. Further, to plug the gaping loophole that facilitates illegal migration, labor deployment abroad must be through government channels instead of private agencies.”
February 27, 2019