Duterte pleads to OFWs to give him 3 to 4 years to "improve" PH

Doris Bigornia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 13 2017 11:29 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday reiterated his plea to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to give him three to four years to set things right in the country so they would no longer be burdened with working away from their families amid terrible working conditions.

In a brief interview with reporters after meeting OFWs in Hong Kong, Duterte said he will ask Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to look into demands by workers to scrap the overseas employment certificate because the document is difficult to secure.

He added that he will also conduct a crackdown on illegal recruitment agencies who continue to scam hapless workers.

On reports of alleged inhuman sleeping quarters or accommodations for domestic helpers, the president said he has been informed that there is a Hong Kong legislation that is set to look into such conditions and fix the alleged inadequacies.

The president was on a two-day working visit in Hong Kong.

The meeting with OFWs was held in a hotel ballroom near the airport as Duterte was set to fly to Beijing for the last leg of his three-country economic mission.

The meeting also marked a reunion of sorts for recently appointed Communications Asec. Mocha Uson and the OFWs.

During the campaign, Mocha and her dance group organized a campaign rally in Hong Kong. Overseas absentee voters gave Duterte more than 300,000 votes.

Duterte also clarified the P3-million surge in his latest statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth.

After coming up with an elaborate tale of a certain "sugar mommy” who gave him P3 million, Duterte later admitted that the money was excess election campaign contribution that he failed to return.

While he wasn’t able to return the money, he said he did pay taxes for it. He said he no longer remembers where the contributions came from.

Excess election campaign contribution is supposed to be returned or the candidate must pay corresponding taxes for it.

On the impeachment case against him set to be heard on Monday, Duterte said, "Let them find out the truth.”