Middle East: Philippine govt. will not help jailed Filipino drug dealers; suspends repatriation of migrant workers


Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Friday said, the government will not lift a finger to seek for pardon of Filipino drug dealers convicted in the Middle East.

In a Twitter post Locsin said, “I won’t allow the pardon of convicted drug dealers in the Middle East. My orders to my ambassadors there is exclude drug dealers from prisoner exchanges. You destroy my people I will let the law abroad destroy you.”

Asked by netizens the reason for his opposition, Locsin replied, “I smell a local connection to the drug trade. Sorry. No mercy.”

Meanwhile, the Philippine Embassy in Qatar has put on hold its repatriation efforts since more overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are choosing to stay and work in Qatar despite the pandemic.

Some migrant workers have initially register with the embassy to be repatriated back home but then changed their minds.

Philippine Ambassador to Qatar Alan Timbayan said the embassy was unable to fill up the required seats in the last three chartered flights it arranged for OFWs.

“We suspended the online registration of our repatriation. Many OFWs are no shows and backed out [of the flight]. In the last three flights, we failed to fill the seating capacity of 354 seats,” Timbayan told an online press briefing on Friday.

The Philippine Embassy in Doha has repatriated 3,753 Filipinos on 12 flights since June. (Source: INQUIRER.net)