Heartbreaking video shows an overseas Filipino worker with an expired contract and her employer in a tug-of-war over the OFW’s passport.
The Facebook video posted on Sunday has gone viral, garnering more than 12,000 shares and nearly 300,000 views as of 3 p.m. Monday, June 13.
The OFW in the video was identified only as Ginirose, who is seeking help from the Philippine Embassy so she can go home after her working contract lapsed.
According to netizens who understood the heated argument, Ginirose was protecting her baggage because her madam wanted to confiscate her passport (jawāz sáfar in Arabic). But some also said the employer wanted to get her Jawwal (a Palestinian brand of cellphone) to prevent the OFW from calling the embassy.
As seen in the clip, Ginirose keeps on asking another Filipina to take a video that would serve as evidence against the abusive employer.
She had also been challenging the employer to call the police but the latter refused as it could unmask her unwillingness to release the domestic helper despite an expired contract. What happened after the altercation remains unclear.
This sorry plight of OFWs fuels the desire of Filipinos in and out of the country for change.
Majority of OFWs voted for President-elect Rodrigo Duterte in the 2016 elections because he was the only candidate who has a concrete platform of governance beneficial to Pinoys abroad.
During one of the presidential debates, Duterte said he will create a separate department to cater all the needs of OFWs. He would also make mandatory to all consulates to keep track of all Filipinos abroad.
At first sign of abuse, the incoming president said OFWs should be repatriated immediately.
“Ang nabugbog, bigyan ng tiket at pauwiin agad, bigyan ng legal aid,” Duterte said.