Pro-OFW groups urge the Philippine gov't to give Sondos Alqattan persona non grata status

Pro-OFW groups urge the Philippine gov't to give Sondos Alqattan persona non grata status

- Pro-OFW militant group Migrante International is calling on the President to include Kuwait star Sondos Al-Qattan the government's watch list of employers hiring Filipina OFWs as well as to be persona non grata

- Several other groups have also spoken up against Alqattan's pro-slavery remarks that reflect age-old practices of labor

- Samahan ng mga Domestic Helpers sa Gitnang Silangan (SANDIGAN) calls on every one to use the #SondosApologize and #SondosPersonaNonGrata in order to take down her influential status on her followers and other netizens

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The pro-OFW militant group Migrante Int'l has led the campaign for the government to declare Kuwaiti influencer Sondos Alqattan persona non grata alongside blacklisting her among Middle Eastern employers bound to hire Filipino OFWs.

A statement was released by Migrante Philippines chairperson Armando Hernando calling out the Kuwaiti star as part of the long-standing problem of Filipino OFWs fighting for their labor rights abroad as a result of previous governments' lax in providing support.

"Sondos is symptomatic of the long-standing impunity caused by the negligence of the government which is why Filipinos are continually being subjected to abuse and maltreatment."

He also added, "[t]he Duterte administration should all the more fulfill its promise of achieving justice for Joanna Demafelis and other abused and maltreated OFWs."

The Blas F. Ople Policy Center also condemns Alqattan by labeling her as the "ugly face of modern-day slavery," and should thus be "included in the POEA’s blacklist of abusive and undesirable foreign employers."

Another militant group have also followed with their official statements and action plans on taking down the negative influence of Sondos Alqattan.

Pinky Almano, spokesperson of Samahan ng mga Domestic Helpers sa Gitnang Silangan (SANDIGAN) encourages OFWs to spread the word against Alqattan using social media hashtags such as #SondosApologize and #SondosPersonaNonGrata.

"Huwag nating palampasin ang mga ganitong panghahamak sa mga OFW. Sama-sama tayong kumilos at isigaw, Stop modern-day slavery," said in a report by GMA Network.

In an earlier report by KAMI, Kuwaiti social media star Sondos Alqattan have been receiving numerous counts of backlash as several of her endorsements have quit working or associating their brands with her any longer. However, she did not backtrack but instead insisted that her followers will eventually boycott brands severing ties with her.

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Source: Kami.com.ph

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