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Baldoz, POEA misinformed on OFW ban


LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “Jesus answered… You will hear of wars and rumors of wars… Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in Matthew 24:4-8, the Holy Bible).

BALDOZ & POEA MIS-INFORMED ON OFW BAN: I am afraid Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) were both misinformed and badly-advised when they decided to lift the ban on deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Libya, Nigeria and Sudan.

If only Baldoz and POEA Administrator Hans Cacdac took a minute to search the Internet about the real conditions of Libya and Nigeria and neighboring Mali, they would have found out that violence continues to wrack the three countries, what with dangerously armed and uncontrollable militias still roaming around Libya, and a coup that ousted Mali President Amadou Toumani Toure just last March 22, 2012.

With the lifting of the ban against deployment of OFWs to Libya, Nigeria and Sudan, we are literally feeding our countrymen to the sharks, in an evident play to achieve bigger dollar remittances for the Philippines, in time perhaps for the next State of the Nation Address (SONA). Baldoz and Cacdac can still make a turn around, though, unless the dollars are more important than the OFWs.

LIBYA STILL UNSAFE WITH MILITIA RULE: Just so everybody will know, I will quote here some of what appears to be the latest news from Libya, Nigeria and Mali. The first one is an article written by Daniel Larison which Yahoo!News published, and datelined March 21, 2012, Wednesday.

Larison said: “Libya is now effectively ruled by the militias that ousted Gadhafi, and some militias run parts of the country as their own fiefdoms independent of any national authority. The most powerful militias in the western cities of Zintan and Misrata have refused the government's calls to disarm…

“There is also significant risk of renewed fighting in Libya: A survey of Libyan political attitudes found that 16 percent said they would resort to violence for political ends…Amnesty International has documented numerous cases of abuse and torture of detainees by local militias, and there have been many reports of reprisals against civilians living in perceived pro-Gadhafi areas,” Larison added.

COUP HITS MALI, NIGERIA: The second article comes from “This Day Live”, an online news agency specializing on Nigerian news. Entitled “World leaders unite against Mali coup leaders”, it was written by Tokunbo Adedoja and Ahamefula Ogbu under a March 23, 2012 dateline, and spoke about a military overthrow of the Mali President.

Here are parts of that article: “Global leaders have strongly condemned the military overthrow of President Amadou Toumani Toure of Mali, which had been one of the most stable democracies in Africa in the last 20 years…Gunfire rang throughout the capital and soldiers carted televisions and other goods out of the palace following a coup announcement on state television.

“Tens of thousands of Malian civilians have fled the Tuareg rebellion, prompting fierce criticism of the government… The rebellion includes fighters who had supported Muammar Gaddafi in Libya and returned home heavily armed when he was overthrown…”



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