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Latest News Philippines: MORE OFWS LOSE JOBS IN TAIWAN –

ABOUT 3,000 overseas Filipino workers will lose their jobs every month as the Taiwan government is not inclined to lift its sanction against the Philippines until Manila releases its “positive” investigation report on the May 9 fatal shooting in Balintang Channel of a Taiwanese fisherman.

Andrew Tung-Heng Lin, Director of Political Division of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines (TECO), said starting June to the end of this month, they are no longer renewing the work permit of OFWs whose contracts are expiring and new applications are on hold.

He said since Taiwan imposed the sanctions on the Philippines, a total of 10,000 OFWs whose contracts have expired were no longer issued work permits and the visas of another 6,000 have yet to be released. There are a total of 70,000 OFWs in Taiwan mostly household workers, factory workers and health care personnel.  

The OFWs are now being replaced by workers from Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia, he said.

Lin explained Taiwan is already being pressured by the family of Hung Shih-cheng, 65, who was shot dead by the Philippine Coast Guard on May 9, to release their own investigation report so that charges can be filed before the Pintong District Court.

“We (Philippines and Taiwan) have agreed that we will try to disclose our report simultaneously,” Lin said stressing they are ready to release their own investigation and is just awaiting the Philippine government’s report.

He said Taiwan has been waiting for the Philippines to release the investigation report since the National Bureau of Investigation concluded its investigation more than a month ago.

“We understand that your government is very cautious about this issue but we also want these people responsible to face justice,” he said.

He assured Taiwan will immediately lift its freeze hire against Filipino workers if the Philippines will release a “positive” result of its independent investigation.

“An important step that the Philippine Presidential Office needs to take is to reveal the investigation report to the public in a timely fashion and let perpetrators face criminal and administrative charges. Most importantly, we call for justice to be carried out in a speedy and effective way. As the saying goes, ‘justice delayed is justice denied/,” a statement released by TECO added.

On June 13, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima confirmed that criminal and administrative charges were recommended by the NBI against Philippine Coast Guard personnel embroiled in the May 9 fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman in disputed waters in northern Philippines.

She said the investigation report is now in Malacañang and they are just awaiting the go signal of the President for its release.


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