Palace to DFA: Probe OFW 'abuse' in Malaysia


Posted at Jan 23 2014 06:53 PM | Updated as of Jan 24 2014 02:53 AM

MANILA -- Malacanang has tasked the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to investigate alleged maltreatment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) by Malaysian authorities, amid the crackdown against illegal workers there.

Presidential Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said Thursday the DFA has yet to receive any information from the Philippine Embassy in Malaysia on actions taken to help the distressed OFWs.

Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Ed Malaya, Coloma said, will be made to report on the status of OFWs, including the alleged abuse of Filipina workers by authorities there.

Information has also reached Coloma that even legal migrant workers are included in the crackdown.

"We cannot tolerate violation of basic human rights that would be perpetrated upon our own citizens," Coloma stressed. -- Report from Junry Hidalgo, DZMM Radyo Patrol 31