Duterte to visit Kuwait 'out of gratitude'

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - President Rodrigo Duterte has said he would travel to Kuwait to thank the Gulf state after the signing of the memorandum of agreement aimed at ensuring better working conditions for Filipino workers (OFW) there.

President Rodrigo Duterte has said he would travel to Kuwait to thank the Gulf state after the signing of the memorandum of agreement aimed at ensuring better working conditions for Filipino workers (OFW) there.

“I am going to travel to Kuwait to thank them because they practically gave in to my demands,” President Duterte said in a speech during the oath-taking of newly-elected barangay captains from Central Luzon in Clark, Pampanga on Tuesday.

The Philippines and Kuwait signed the “Agreement on Employment of Domestic Workers between the Government of the State of Kuwait and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines” on May 11, which contains the earlier demands of Duterte following the abuses that Filipino workers suffered in the Gulf state.

“So out of gratitude, I will thank them there,” Duterte said.

The President had slammed Kuwait after a series of abuses against OFWs were brought to light, including the murder of Joanna Demafelis, an OFW found dead in a freezer a year after she went missing.

But despite his vulgar words against Kuwaiti nationals, Duterte said, “After all, they’re also human beings, I found out.”

“But I was a bit harsh, very harsh during the early days and they just brushed off my expletives. So I will go there,” he added.

The President did not disclose the date of his travel to Kuwait.

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