Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III yesterday urged recruitment agencies to help prevent the executions of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), or the department will pursue its plans to stop deployment of household service workers in the Middle East.

“I told the association of recruitment agencies to do everything they can to stop the executions. I told them to talk with their counterparts about the situation of our OFWs. Their counterparts can ask their officials in the Middle East to commute the death sentences meted to our OFWs to incarceration,” said Bello.

Bello met with the officers and members of the Philippine Association of Legitimate Contractors (PALSCON) to discuss the issues involving household service workers in the Middle East.

He also cited the case of Jennifer Dalquez, the OFW who was sentenced to death in the United Arab Emirates. Dalquez was sentenced to death by the Al Ain trial court in Dubai after being convicted of killing her employer in December 2015.

Bello said that he told PALSCON that if another execution happens, the department will push through with its plan to suspend the deployment of household service workers in countries where OFWs were executed.

“Dapat na tulungan nila ang OFWs natin. Nagpapakahirap ang ating mga OFWs sa ibang bansa kaya nararapat lamang na protektahan sila,” said Bello, adding that he is planning to go to UAE to ensure that all the assistance needed by Dalquez is provided.

Meanwhile, Bello also said that he is still pursuing the case of OFW Elpidio Lano in Kuwait. Lano was meted the death sentence after allegedly killing a fellow Filipino.

“We do not want another tragedy to happen. I will pursue this for the next three or four days until I get family of Macaranas to forgive Lano,” said Bello.

“Noong una ayaw ng asawa at mga anak ni Nino Macaranas, pero nang makausap at napalinawanagan ko, naging maayos naman at alam ko na may pag-asa pa,” said Bello.

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