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Boholana Used Fake Passport Picture in Dubai

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Boholana Used Fake Passport Picture in Dubai
« on: November 28, 2010, 10:06:45 PM »
By Ven Arigo

A Boholana household service worker for two years in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) was finally bound home until Arab authorities arrested her for alleged fake passport picture.

It has remained unknown here how overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Haydee (not her real name) had slipped past immigration people in Manila when she then departed for UAE in 2008 using the same questionable travel document.

There is suspicion now that Haydee, 35, married and who hails from an upland barangay in Tubigon, is a victim of illegal recruitment and human trafficking even if she had indeed found job in her foreign destination.

The helpless OFW was immediately locked up in Dubai and later transferred to a detention center in Abu Dhabi.

Her husband and a sister-in-law sought assistance from the OFW Affairs Desk at the provincial capitol for her release and repatriation. Haydee’s case was endorsed by Tubigon Vice Mayor Virgilio Fortich to the OFW desk, a specialized unit institutionalized by Gov. Edgar Chatto since his vice governorship and congressional stint.

The desk, handled by former university professor Reinerio Augusto Real, has championed Chatto’s cause for the OFWs. The desk has maintained links with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and related agencies to assist Boholano migrant workers in distress or critical condition.

Haydee was to leave Dubai after her two-year contract expired on September 10, this year, when the immigration men there found out her passport to be bearing not her picture. While still in the Philippines, she had accordingly then asked a woman relative who recruited her about this. Her relative simply assured the innocent Haydee that it would not matter.

Haydee’s can be just one of the numerous cases of syndicated works of the illegal recruiters and human traffickers in cahoots with unscrupulous immigration people. In other cases, job descriptions do not match with the visas. The Bureau of Immigration celebrated its 70th anniversary on September 3, which was almost at the same time of Haydee’s arrest in Dubai.

It has not been known yet if Haydee left the country to UAE through the Manila airport two years ago while authorities just busted a ring of illegal recruiters and human traffickers using the Clark air base as its operation base. Some immigration officers connived with the syndicate. The syndicate facilitated the departure of “tourist workers” or undocumented OFWs who could end up as domestic helpers, if not forced to prostitution as in the case of several Filipina job seekers landing in Malaysia.

Just weeks ago, three female “tourist workers” were nabbed by authorities at the Manila airport after being found out to have hidden their visas and plane tickets inside their panties. It was a new modus operandi of the human trafficking mafia to conceal the true destinations of its “willing” victims.

The trio, who were about to board a flight to Singapore, were actually bound for the UAE, where Haydee still is and detained, as their final destination. The second top destination of the OFWs in the Middle East is the UAE, which foreign minister met with Vice Pres. Jejomar Binay just last month as part of the Arab official’s visit to five Asian nations. Binay is tasked by Pres. Noynoy Aquino to handle the country’s OFW affairs.

Dubai, where Haydee worked and was arrested, is the capital of the UAE which forged a city sisterhood with Makati in Binay’s time as mayor.

MORE VICTIMS

Three prospective OFWs from Tagbilaran City---Raysan Marie Pilayre, Jill Laureen Manluluyo and Jessamine Abay---have yet to be reimbursed of over P.2 million by a Quezon City-based recruitment agency illegally hiring them. Real of Capitol’s OFW desk said the owners of the agency are presently jailed in Cagayan de Oro but the victims still seek assistance from the POEA to claim their money.

A seaman from Balilihan named Esmeraldo Patac died of fatal stroke in India. His wife Gemma sought Chatto’s help thru the OFW desk for the return of her husband’s remains. The governor is a Balilinhon, too. Ven rebo Arigo)

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