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Jun. 04, 20 | 12:49 pm

Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were thrown out of a company bus after the restaurant they were working at closed down due to the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a report by GMA’s 24 Oras, the OFWs were kicked out of the bus while they were on their way to their accommodation. The officials from their human resource department also threw their things on the ground and informed them that they can no longer stay at the accommodation anymore.

The Filipinos involved said that it was unfair and uncalled for, especially after they were earlier told that they can still stay temporarily despite the business closing down.

“Maya-maya dumating na po ‘yong Egyptian na HR namin, nagwala po sila, nagmarakulyo na, nagsisigaw hanggang sa hinatak na po mga kasama namin… hanggang sa nagkakasakitan na,” one of the OFWs told 24 Oras, noting that he got bruises due to the clash.

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He added that when they got off the bus, it sped off immediately.

The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Riyadh arrived the next day and brought them to the principal company’s accommodation.

“Parang lowest of the low po ‘yong nararamdaman namin noong araw na ‘yon. ‘Yong galit, ‘di namin alam saan ilulugar sarili namin sa oras na ‘yon,” 24 Oras quoted one of the OFWs as saying.

24 Oras added in its report that the Philippine Embassy is now investigating the incident.

“Hindi po natin papayagan na ang mga Pilipino ay ganun-ganun na lang tratuhin ng ating mga employers dito sa Saudi Arabia. Itong isang problemang ito ay ito po ay idudulog namin sa aming nalalapit na meeting with the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development o ‘yong kanilang Ministry of Labor para mai-discuss at mailahad sa kanila ang mga problemang ganito at pag-usapan din kung anong karampatang parusa ang dapat matamo nitong mga employers na ganito,” ” Philippine Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Adnan Alonto told 24 Oras.

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