Taiwan rejects Manila push for deportation of Filipina caregiver

TAIPEH: Taiwan's foreign ministry has rejected reported attempts by the Philippines to secure the deportation of a Filipina worker accused of "cyber-libel" against President Rodrigo Duterte.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokeswoman Joanne Ou (pic) stated in a news conference on Tuesday (April 28) that Taiwan is a democratic country and all foreign workers have the same treatment as Taiwan citizens and that "their rights are protected, including freedom of speech."

Ou made the remarks in response to questions about reports that Manila's Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) had pushed Taipei to deport a Filipina caregiver for alleged libel against Duterte on her Facebook page under a Philippine law criminalizing dissemination of "fake news" during the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Philippine media also reported that DOLE agents had met the worker, her employer and broker to "enlighten" her that her actions "amounted to a crime."

Ou added that Manila should follow "legal procedures" through bilateral judicial assistance channels if it believed the worker in question had violated Philippine law.

The MOFA spokeswoman added that "other countries should respect our system" and said "no agency has the right to exert pressure on this worker or her employer or labour broker."

Although Ou said the DOLE had denied the media reports, Duterte's spokesman Harry Roque told reporters on Tuesday that Manila was "looking into this."

"We approve of MOFA's affirmation that foreign workers have the same rights as citizens, including freedom of speech," Taiwan Association for Human Rights secretary-general Shih Yi-hsiang told dpa. -- dpa
Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Did you find this article insightful?


87% readers found this article insightful

Next In Regional

Alibaba CEO says China's scrutiny of Internet platforms is needed
Covid-19: New record of 1,884 cases reported, two fatalities bring death toll to 337 (updated)
Covid-19: Cases hit a new record with 1,884 increase, bringing total to 56,659 (updated daily)
Documents show Japan ex-PM Abe's camp subsidised backers' party - NHK
KLCI edges up 3.73 points in line with regional markets
India’s RBI hits Twitter milestone in financial awareness drive
Thai woman alleges sex abuse in school then faces storm of criticism
US moves to ban tech exports to 89 Chinese firms, Reuters says
MA63 talks between Sabah, S'wak and Federal Govt to resume after eight-month pause
Trump’s leaving office, but don’t expect him to leave your news feed

Stories You'll Enjoy