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PHL considering total ban on sending HSWs to Kuwait

The Philippines may send fewer workers out to Kuwait—if not stop sending them entirely, following reports of maltreatment of Filipinos in the country, according to Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III.

"Talagang problematic 'yung Kuwait eh. Ang daming complaints about how our HSW [household service workers] are maltreated. Hindi maganda ang pag-aalaga sa kanila, so we are seriously considering kung hindi man namin i-reduce, baka magkakaroon ng total ban," Bello said in a report on GMA News' "Balitanghali."

This comes after the death of Amy Capulong Santiago, who was allegedly beaten to death by her employer in January.

Bello noted, however, that there may be a delay in the implementation, as the government does not want to make it seem like a "retaliatory move."

"Napag-isipan naman namin na 'pag ginawa namin 'yun, baka isipin ng Kuwaiti government na retaliatory move ito so medyo pinapa-ano pa namin, pinapatagal namin, para sa ganon na hindi ganon ang magiging impression nila." — Jon Viktor D. Cabuenas/BM, GMA News