Drilon seeks recall of, probe on official who asked for deportation of anti-Duterte OFW


Posted at Apr 29 2020 08:30 PM | Updated as of Apr 29 2020 08:57 PM

MANILA - Sen. Franklin Drilon on Wednesday called for the recall of a labor official involved in the failed deportation request of an overseas Filipino worker in Taiwan.

In a statement, Drilon said Fidel Macauyag of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Taichung City, is not fit to fill his position since his role is to protect OFWs in his jurisdiction.

Macauyag sought the deportation of a Filipina caregiver in Taiwan after the latter posted on social media what he described as "nasty and malevolent materials intended to cause hatred" against President Rodrigo Duterte.

He also alleged that the woman was using multiple social media accounts and participated in a group "organized to discredit and malign the President and destabilize the government."

Taiwan rejected the deportation request, saying freedom of speech is enjoyed in the country by both its citizens and migrant workers.

Drilon, a former labor and justice secretary, said Macauyag was erroneous and might be placed under investigation for his move to deport the Filipina worker. 

The senator said he will file a resolution to conduct a probe on the incident, and how to further protect OFWs.

Manila earlier said it will leave to Taipei the decision on the OFW's working status in Taiwan.

Macauyag and his fellow officials who were involved in the deportation request should be punished for their misconduct, Drilon said. - Report from Robert Mano, ABS-CBN News