Report: 4 overseas Filipino workers held ‘hostage’ by employer

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May 15 2011

15 May 2011

Group alerted the PH consulate to secure their safety

A chapter of an alliance of Filipino migrants’ rights group providing assistance to distress overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) said yesterday it received report of alleged abduction of four OFW-domestic workers by unidentified persons after a companion asked assistance to the group.

Nhel Morona, Migrante-UAE secretary general, endorsed and alerted PH consulate general Adelio Cruz, about the report involving 4 OFW-domestic workers who were missing after four unidentified persons forced them to take a ride on a white Mercedez car on May 13 in Bur Dubai Bus station.

OFW Jimmy Jacob, a friend of one of the four OFWs, sought assistance to Migrante-UAE to locate them as he is worried on the safety and well being of the four.

Three of the 4 missing OFWs were identified as Narcisa Suno, Shirley Valladores, Laga Hata Kornel. The other unidentified OFW is a fellow OFW-DH of the three and also a run away, seeking temporary refuge to OFWs Suno and Laga.

According to the reports, OFW Suno is trying to help her cousin Valladores’ fellow OFW-DH who asked for assistance as they’re planning to run away from their abusive employer. OFW Suno first ran away from her employer who is related to the employer of her cousin Valladores. Their employers are living on the same compound.

As per plan, OFWs Suno and Valladores have to go to Bur Dubai bus station where they could fetch a fellow OFW-DH. Both noticed the arrival of a car were they had seen their fellow two OFWs inside the car. It stopped near them and suddenly 2 unidentified men who introduced themselves as local CIDG agents grabbed and forced them to go inside the car.

As per reports, they have been slapped and manhandled by 2 Emirate women forcing them to tell where their other companions are. They were forced to lead the car to their rented house.

At about 11:30 a.m., they’ve reached to their rented house at 12 Street, Villa 26, Irani Sabiya, Jumeirah 1, and the 4 unidentified persons quickly moved inside their rooms, searched and seized their personal belongings. Two mobile phones have been seized, and their cash have been confiscated too, -900 AED of Jimmy, and 400 AED of Nayda.

Hours later when the unidentified persons left with the 4 OFWs, OFW Jimmy received a call from a someone who introduced himself as the employer of the four OFWs telling Jimmy that he will only release them in exchange of 5,000 AED.

“We are calling the attention of the PH consulate in Dubai to form and dispatch a quick reaction team to locate the four and probe this report,” said John

Leonard Monterona, Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator.

Monterona added that the PH consulate through Congen Cruz must swiftly inform and coordinate to the local authorities its efforts to find the 4 OFWs and secure their safety.

“The PH consulate should pursue the perpetrators of this crime. The filling of an appropriate case against them must follow suit,” Monterona averred. # # #

 

Written by:

John Leonard Monterona

Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator

 

 

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