OFW cleared in 'tanim-bala' loses job

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 14 2015 02:21 PM | Updated as of Nov 16 2015 03:17 PM

MANILA (UPDATE) - An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who was accused of carrying a live bullet to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has lost her job.

Speaking to dzMM, Gloria Ortinez said it pains her to lose her job but she has somehow accepted her fate.

''Masakit sa akin. Iyung reaction ko kanina parang ano -- tanggap ko naman pero masakit po sa akin,'' she said.

''Sana makonsensya sila dahil nawalan ako ng trabaho, Buti sila may trabaho sila, pero ako nawalaan na. Tumatanda na ako, gusto ko po mapag-ipunan ang pagtanda ko po.''

Ortinez, who has been working overseas for the past 23 years, went to Hong Kong Saturday morning supposedly to return to work after the Department of Justice (DOJ) dismissed a complaint filed against her for allegedly carrying a live bullet.

READ: DOJ dismisses 'tanim-bala' case vs OFW

Ortinez, an OFW-bound for Hong Kong, was arrested at the NAIA last October 25 after a bullet was allegedly found inside her hand-carry bag.

Two airport policemen, PO3 Careen de Padua and PO1 Rommel Ballesteros, were removed from their posts after the bullet they submitted to the fiscal's office was different from the one allegedly found in Ortinez's bag.

Susan Ople, who accompanied Ortinez to Hong Kong, said Ortinez was informed by the Hong Kong immigration that she had lost her job. Ortinez was also accompanied by her lawyer, Atty. Spocky Farolan, and Labor Undersecretary Ciriaco Lagunzad.

"Sa Hong Kong immigration unang nalaman ni Nanay Gloria na terminated na sya sa kanyang trabaho. Bagong misyon nila Susan Ople: makausap ang employer o makahanap ng panibago w/in 14 days. Prayers please for Nanay Glo," Ople said in a Facebook post.

 

Sa HongKong immigration unang nalaman ni Nanay Gloria na terminated na sya sa kanyang trabaho. Bagong misyon nila Susan...

Posted by Susan Toots Ople on Friday, 13 November 2015

Speaking to dzMM, Ople said Ortinez was terminated from her job on October 30, five days after the OFW was arrested at the airport.

''Sa Hong Kong Airport… doon lumabas na may record of termination si Nanay Gloria. May kopya sila ng mga ganung uri ng notices kaya nakakalungkot kasi sa airport pa lang nalaman na namin ang status na terminated na nga as of October 30,'' Ople said.

''So limang araw matapos ang pagtatanim ng bala, tinerminate na ng kanyang employer iyung trabaho ni Nanay Gloria."

Ople, however, said all is not lost for Ortinez, who may still get her job back if she will be able to convince her employer.

''Ang priority naming ay makausap ang kanyang dating employer. Mahaba-haba naman ang pinag-samahan nila ni Nanay Gloria…Iyung nakakalungkot dito, eh yung isang inosenteng tao, nataniman pa ng bala, nawalan pa ng trabaho,'' she said.

CHARGES DISMISSED

On Wednesday, Pasay City Prosecutor Nolasco M. Fernandez Jr. dismissed the charges filed against Ortinez for lack of probable cause.

The resolution said there was no indication, based on the statements of the complainants, that Ortinez had any intention to possess the ammunition.

READ: 'Tanim-bala' creating 'climate of fear' among OFWs

Ortinez's lawyer earlier said Ortinez will be going to Hong Kong on Saturday to speak to her employer of 13 years and clear the matter.

"Napaka-timely that the prosecutor's office's decision came out yesterday so that we can tell her employer that she is not facing a case," Farolan said.

He said Ortinez's employer is a single mother with a 13-year-old child.

"Si Nanay Gloria na ang naging ikalawang ina ng bata... Kung sa tiwala lang at pagmamahal, wala namang pagdududa dun sa employer. Ang problema lang po malakas ang kanilang pag-value sa kanilang privacy at paglayo sa kontrobersiya. Baka po mas mananaig ang kaba doon sa employer," he said.

Farolan said the Ople Center raised funds so that Ortinez could return to Hong Kong. Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz also ordered Lagunzad to accompany Ortinez and help.

In a separate interview on dzMM, Farolan said Ortinez can still get her job back if her employer will withdraw her termination or re-hire her through a new contract.

''Lahat ay nakasalalay sa personal na pagkikita ni Nanay Gloria. Kahit tinerminate, maaaring i-withdraw ang termination o pumayag na i-rehire sa panibagong kontrata si Nanay Gloria,'' he said.

''Kung talagang wala na po. Titignan namin kung ano ang mga benepisyong kanyang makukuha mula sa kanyang kontrata."

He said those responsible for what happened to Ortinez, including their bosses, must be prosecuted.