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Kuwaiti ban on Filipino workers permanent: Duterte
April 30, 2018
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MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said the temporary ban on Filipinos going to work in Kuwait is now permanent, intensifying a diplomatic standoff over the treatment of migrant workers in the Gulf nation.

“The ban stays permanently. There will be no more recruitment for especially domestic helpers. No more,” Duterte told reporters in his hometown in the southern city of Davao.

“I’d address myself to the Kuwait government and the people: Thank you for helping my countrymen all these years. It is a debt of gratitude that after all you were able to help. So I have no anger, no hatred,” he said. Duterte said workers returning from Kuwait could find employment as English teachers in China, citing improved ties with Beijing.

Describing China as a “true friend”, he said he would use Chinese aid to fund the workers’ repatriation.

Duterte on Sunday described the treatment of workers in Kuwait as a “calamity.”

Agence France-Presse

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