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Human rights advocates blasted MECO, DOLE after “harassment” to OFW caregiver in Taiwan


Migrante International, an agency that focuses on the human rights of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) had issued a statement regarding the actions of MECO POLO in Taichung as harassment.


“Migrante International denounces in the strongest terms the harassment being done against Elanel Egot Ordidor, an OFW caregiver, by DOLE and its POLO officials in Taiwan including Labor Attaché Fidel A. Macauyag,” the non-government organization stated.

“There are thousands upon thousands of distressed, abused, stranded and neglected OFWs needing to be rescued and assisted but these overseas POLO officials opted instead to expend all their time in the world to gang up on Ordidor on the mere basis of her critical views against President Duterte. This is definitely meant to divert people’s attention from the Duterte regime’s inutility in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and recession in the Philippines,” they added.

Meanwhile, Lennon Wong, an official of Taoyuan-based Serve the People Association (SPA) criticized MECO POLO for exceeding its mark.

Any person has the rights to express his/her opinion on the politics, it is just part of the freedom of speech and international human rights,” Wong said. “You can have different ideas, and you can argue about it, but you can’t shut his/her mouth.”


Wong believed that Ordidor she hadn’t broken any laws in Taiwan, contradicting claims of MECO that a deportation is taking place on political grounds that has the potential to damage Taiwan’s international standing.

“It is really disturbing to see some government officials from the Philippines trying to silence a Filipino migrant worker who just expressed some of her thoughts including complaints on the Philippine government.” he said.

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