Senator Nancy Binay reminded the labor attaches of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Taiwan to defend the Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) who’s currently facing possible deportation because of criticizing President Rodrigo Duterte on social media.
Binay on her Twitter page shared a news article from CNN about the request of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to Taiwan to deport Filipina caregiver Elanel Egot Ordidor because of allegedly committing a cyber libel against the Philippines’ chief executive.
She said that the labor attaches should not become the modern-day ‘Makapili’ and should assist Ordidor in her case.
“Makapili” is the group of Filipinos hired by the Japanese Imperial Army during the second world war to act as their spies and informants to catch guerillas fighting for the freedom of the Philippines.
“Paalala lang po sa mga labor attaches na kayo ang kanlungan at sandigan ng ating mga OFW. Wag maging Bagong Makapili sa harap ng mga bagong bayani,” Binay tweeted.
Some followers of Binay also criticized the move of DOLE, saying that Ordidor was only voicing out her opinion about what’s happening in her country.
“My disgust, especially to DOLE who would take time to persecute our OFWs who simply found her voice to speak out, against what she see is wrong with the governance. Your advice or paalala sums it all. Nakakahiya ang DOLE.” netizen @SyLicoNgaAko said.
“DAPAT KASI KAY DUTERTE MAG ISIP NA SYA KUNG BAKIT DUMARAMI NA ANG NAGAGALIT SA KANYA. HUWAG NILANG ISISI SA MGA TAONG PUMUPUNA SA MALI NILA. BAGKUS MAGING SANGKAP ITO PARA MAPA BUTI ANG TRABAHO NILA. MAG SIMULA MUNA SYA SA PAG MAMAHAL SA BAYAN AT SA PILIPINO,” @TabogoJoseph remarked.
Yesterday, DOLE announced that they already informed the employer of Ordidor about her statements against President Duterte.
They also expressed disappointment to the Filipina caregiver for not cooperating with DOLE.
“Ordidor was cooperative and cordial at first and committed to delete all her uploaded videos against the President and promised not to do it again. She also promised to upload a video of her public apology to the President and to the people in the government at 9 pm of the same day,” the DOLE statement read.
“However, hours after the visit, several posts were seen on the POLO Taichung’ Facebook page from several fake accounts assuring Ms. Ordidor’s cause and further giving her assurance of support,” they added.
The camp of Ordidor is not yet releasing a statement as of writing.