59 abused OFWs from Lebanon return home

A GROUP of 59 Filipino workers, six of them women released from a prison cell, planed in Wednesday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) chief Carmelita Dimzon said the workers, mostly women, were maltreated and abused by their employers in Lebanon.

The group arrived at 3:59 p.m. aboard Emirates Air flight EK-332.

Dimzon said the Philippine government has not yet lifted the deployment ban in Lebanon and other Middle East countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Jordan due to unstable security condition of these regions. However, aspiring Filipino workers kept on targeting these places for greener pastures.

According to Dimzon, the six women who languished in a Lebanon’s women’s prison cell for allegedly committing theft and immigration related cases are Sania Abadilla, Karren Galanza, Edna Garduque, Rebecca Giogiw, Eva Lumanog and Rebecca Candelaria.

Other arriving Filipinos were identified as Leizle Nague of Batangas; Arbaya Abdul of General Santos City; Rosemarie Hunat of Cavite; Nora Sison of Quezon City; Maribel Maggay of Cagayan; Lorna Mejes of Laguna; Rosalie Martinez of Cotabato; Marilyn Atienza of Lipa City; Janeth Encio of Eastern Samar; Juvlyn Valdez of Cagayan; Michele Berlin of Cavite; Dexie Mae Cuizon of Cebu; Jennifer Francisco of Rizal; Leah Rilloraza of La Union; and Erlinda Genosas of Paranaque City.

OWWA offered them assistance for reintegration and for legal assistance. PNA

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