HIGHLIGHT: VP Jejomar Binay said that his resignation as presidential adviser on OFW affairs does not bar him from doing his duties. Binay who is running for presidency, was visited distressed couple who worked in Saudi Arabia just after overseas Filipino worker Mario Jucutan arrived home Tuesday, April 5.
Mario Jucutan, an overseas worker since 2007 in Saudi Arabia have successfully returned home, through the coordination of Vice President's office with the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
Binay visited two days after Mario got home to his family. In his interview with reporters at the Jucutan residence, the VP was quoted saying “Yes. Kasi 'di naman porket nag-resign ako, wala na 'kong pakialam. Trabaho ko pa rin ‘yun (Resigning doesn’t mean I don’t care anymore. It's still my job).”
Binay had previously resigned his post as presidential adviser for Overseas Filipino Workers Affair, because of his abhorrence to selective justice being implemented by the current administration.
Mario spent 9 years in Saudi hoping to pay the debts incurred when he and wife, Juanaria flee from their abusive employers in 2007.
In 2014, Mario started suffering from mild strokes, which has led to impairment of his speech and motor skills.
His wife, Juanaria worked as domestic helper while Mario was family driver. She narrated their plight, “Sinasaktan po kami tapos di po ako pinapakain. Kapag may trabaho po kami, 'di po nila pinakikialaman kung may kinakain po kami, at saka di po namin alam kung nasaan ‘yung isa’t isa sa amin sa nagtratrabaho po, kasi nasa farm po kami (They would hurt us and they don’t feed us. When we were working, they didn't check on us if we had eaten, and we had no idea where the other was working since we were employed in a farm).
In 2011, Juanaria surrendered to authorities for working illegally as migrant employeed and got jailed. She was released and flew back to the country after three months. In 2015, she sought the help of Binay's office to ensure Mario's return.
She has been grateful to the VP saying, "Yung isang taong tumutulong po sa amin. Naramdaman po namin na ‘di kami pinabayaan hanggang ngayon...si Vice President po. Akala ko noon po hindi ko na siya (Mario) maiuuwi nang buhay (The only person who had been helping us. We felt that he has never stopped helping us until now...That's the Vice President. Before I thought that Mario would never return alive).