- According to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, rape comes with the territory when working abroad
- He added that it has become part of one’s culture
- It has been reported that there are hundreds of sexual abuse cases in Kuwait alone
During his speech in Dimasalang, President Rodrigo Duterte said that the possibility of harassment or rape comes with the territory. KAMI learned that the President mentioned this as part of working abroad for Filipinos.
“[For those] working as slaves [overseas], rape [comes with] the territory. Kasali sa kultura (It’s part of the culture),” said President Duterte as reported by Inquirer.
It has been reported that there are over 2.3 million overseas Filipino workers (OFW) as of April to September 2017. And 1.26 million of it are women who work as hotel employees, office cleaners or domestic helpers in Middle East.
In a data by Migrante International, there were 308 cases of sexual harassment and rape of OFWs in Kuwait as of 2016.
As previously reported by KAMI, the controversial remark of President Duterte about molesting their housemaid during his teenage years event reached the international media.
Some advocate groups shared their worry that the President’s remark might affect the relationship of the domestic helpers with their employers. Even Vice President Leni Robredo has called out President Duterte and his jokes.
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