OFW says PH envoy knew about anomalies in embassy

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 21 2012 04:41 PM | Updated as of Nov 22 2012 12:41 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The envoy assigned in Kuwait knows about the alleged anomalies in the embassy, according to a former overseas Filipino worker who alleged that officers were trying to get a cut from the supposed benefits he would get after a case settlement.

Patrick Singson accused Ibrahim Tanandato, the chief of the Assistance to Nationals Unit of the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait, of convincing him to settle a case against an Arab doctor because they will get a cut if he agrees to a settlement.

The OFW who worked as a nurse in Kuwait said the Arab doctor punched him inside the operating room just this year.

He reported the matter to the hospital management and at the same time sought help from the Philippine Embassy but he was allegedly denied.

Ambassador Shulan Primavera has ordered an investigation into Singson’s allegations.

“Nagulat din ang ambassador sa issue na ito. Ang sabi niya papatingnan ko ito kasi hindi pwede na may ganitong issue," said his legal counsel, Atty. Fred Pamaos.

However, Singson does not believe that Primavera was not privy to what is going on at the embassy. He added that he even got hold of a letter by Primavera to Vice President Jejomar Binay pointing to him as the reason why his case was not progressing.

“Wala na po akong maasahang tulong. Doon na po ako nag rule na mayroon po silang di tamang ginagawa. These officials are using their own power for their own selfish interest,” said Singson.

Deeming his case hopeless, Singson decided to return to the Philippines even if his contract was not even finished. Report from Henry Omaga-Diaz, ABS-CBN News