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LABOR CHIEF DEEMS RESCUE OF OFWs IN KUWAIT AS 'VALID'



The Philippine Embassy's rescue operations for distressed Filipino domestic helpers was a valid move.

This was the statement of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III at a press briefing on Friday.

According to foreign affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said they sent an additional team to kuwait to help those availing of the amnesty clarifying they were not sent to Kuwait for any covert or secret mission.

With this, the country's top diplomat clarified that no Kuwaiti law was violated.

The Kuwaiti government accused the Philippine Embassy of violating Provision 41 of the 1961 vienna convention on diplomatic relations, which "bars infringement on individuals' prerogatives and immunities, respecting states' laws and non-intervening in their local affairs."

Bello also expressed confidence that the signing of the memorandum of understanding with Kuwait would still push through.

The agreement between the Philippines and Kuwait for the protection of Filipino workers was supposed to be signed before the Holy month of Ramadan.