Kuwait’s expulsion of PH envoy ‘deeply disturbing,’ ‘inconsistent’: DFA

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Posted at Apr 26 2018 12:44 AM | Updated as of Apr 26 2018 04:12 PM

MANILA (UPDATE) - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) late Wednesday night called the Kuwaiti government's move to expel Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa "deeply disturbing" and "inconsistent."

This after Villa confirmed he was ordered by the Kuwaiti government to leave the country following the controversial rescue of Filipino migrant workers from the homes of their employers.

"The action taken by the Kuwaiti Government is deeply disturbing as it is inconsistent with the assurances given by Kuwaiti Ambassador Musaed Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh during his meeting with Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano in Manila on Tuesday," the DFA said.

Villa came under fire after he was seen in a video over the weekend supposedly saying that his embassy did not need the aid of Kuwaiti authorities in helping undocumented Filipinos.

The video, which also shows embassy officials rescuing distressed Filipino household service workers from Kuwaiti homes, went viral online, prompting the Kuwaiti foreign ministry to summon Villa and lodge a diplomatic protest.

The Philippines on Tuesday apologized to Kuwait for the controversial rescue of Filipino domestic workers, with Villa explaining that it was not the intention of the Philippines to offend the Kuwaiti government and its people.

In another statement Thursday, the DFA said it summoned Kuwaiti Ambassador to the Philippines Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh for an explanation but was told that the envoy was recalled to the Gulf state for consultations.

A diplomatic note was also sent by the DFA to the Embassy of Kuwait to convey its "strong surprise and great displeasure" over the Gulf State's recent actions.

The DFA noted that Cayetano was earlier told by the Kuwaiti envoy that the government of the Gulf state "likes" Villa "very much."

The Kuwaiti government, according to the DFA, also committed to implementing more measures for the protection of Filipino migrant workers.
 
"The Department conveyed its wish to be clarified on the actions to be taken by the Government of Kuwait on the assurances given by the Ambassador to the Secretary," the DFA said.