MANILA – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan has rejected the call for the expulsion of a Filipino healthcare worker following online criticism of the Philippine government’s response to the 2019 coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
According to a report from Taiwan News Online, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) argued that foreign workers enjoy freedom of expression in the country.
“Taiwan is a sovereign and independent country where foreign workers enjoy” citizen treatment “, and their rights and interests are protected by relevant laws and regulations, including freedom of expression, which should be respected by governments of all countries, “said MOFA.
“No person or institution, in this case, has the right to put pressure on her, her employer or her broker, and she will not be evicted without consultations between the two governments,” he added.
The Philippines’ representative in Taipei said earlier that Manila had not formally requested the expulsion of the Filipino caregiver.
Angelito Banayo, President and Resident Representative of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO), said that the expulsion order was a sovereign right of the Taiwanese government.
“The issue of the eviction is an issue that only the Taiwanese government can decide,” he said in an interview with the Taiwan Central Press Agency (CNA).
Fidel Macauyag, labor attaché of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in the city of Taichung, alleged that the woman was using multiple social media accounts and had participated in a group “organized to discredit and slander the president and destabilize the government. “
He said his office coordinated with the worker’s broker and employer on his deportation for his alleged violation under Philippine law, saying that sharing and posting these videos is punishable under cyber – defamation under the Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act 2012.
The Human Rights Commission (CHR) raised the alarm over the POLO decision. POLO is an agency attached to the Ministry of Labor and Employment which seeks to protect and protect the OFW.
HRC spokesperson Jacqueline Ann de Guia said overseas labor offices exist primarily to protect migrant workers who may face problems when trying to provide better living conditions for their families in the Phillippines.
She also reiterated that “freedom of expression, expression or the right of the Filipino people to seek redress from the government” was guaranteed by the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of 1987.
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