Ople asks DoJ to withdraw complaint against OFW;
says “tanim-bala” incidents have created climate of fear among OFWs
27 OCTOBER 2015 – OFW advocate Susan Ople urged the Department of Justice to immediately withdraw the case filed against overseas Filipino worker Gloria Ortinez for the illegal possession of ammunition that could lead to a twelve-year jail term for the 56-year old migrant worker.
Ople, a former labor undersecretary, said that the State should not be seen as inflicting its might and resources on a hapless overseas domestic worker who already spent two nights under detention for a crime that she did not commit.
“I join the call of millions of OFWs for the full liberty of Nanay Gloria, and for the State to allow her to leave for Hong Kong where her employer of 13 years awaits,” the labor advocate said.
This series of “tanim-bala” incidents has created a climate of fear among returning overseas workers. “Yung tanim-bala naging tanim-takot na,” Ople said, adding that the OFW sector is