- The foreign ministry of Taiwan released a statement regarding calls for the deportation of the Filipina caregiver who was critical of President Duterte, particularly on how the government is handling the pandemic
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated that foreign workers in their country enjoy "citizen treatment"
- The statement also emphasized that the rights of foreign workers are protected by laws, including freedom of speech
- It stated that she will not be deported without consultations between the Philippine government and the Taiwanese government
The foreign ministry of Taiwan released a statement regarding the calls for the deportation of the Filipina caregiver who criticized the response of the Philippine government in fighting COVID-19.
KAMI learned that Taiwan News Online made public the official statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), maintaining that foreign workers are given citizen treatment and that they also enjoy the freedom of speech.
It also highlighted that there shall be no person or institution that could pressure the Pinay caregiver, her employer, or broker. It also stressed that she will not be deported if there are no consultations between the government of Taiwan and the Philippines.
"Taiwan is a sovereign, independent country where foreign workers enjoy 'citizen treatment,' and their rights and interests are protected by relevant laws and regulations, including freedom of speech, which should be respected by governments of all countries... No person or institution, in this case, has the right to pressure her, her employer, or broker, nor shall she be deported without consultations held between both governments."
In ABS-CBN's report, Angelito Banayo, the chairman and resident representative of Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) stated that deportation is a process that comes within the sovereign rights of the Taiwanese government.
According to GMA, Labor Attache Fidel Macauyag claimed that the actions of the Pinay caregiver "amounted to a crime for which she might be prosecuted both in Taiwan and the Philippines."
However, based on the statement released by Taiwan's foreign ministry, the country is backing the Filipina and maintains that she enjoys the freedom of speech.
In a previous KAMI report, the Philippine government wanted the Pinay caregiver to be deported because of the statements she made on Facebook, which were critical of the President.
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