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Tuesday, November 03, 2015

OFW VICTIM OF TANIM-BALA BOUND FOR HONGKONG, TRAUMATIZED, MAY LOSE JOB




 An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who was arrested for allegedly having a bullet in her luggage is in danger of losing her job in Hong Kong, her lawyer said Tuesday. 



An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who was arrested for allegedly having a bullet in her luggage is in danger of losing her job in Hong Kong, her lawyer said Tuesday.
Atty. Spocky Farolan said his client, Gloria Ortinez, a household worker in Hong Kong, has yet to receive help from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).
"Ito po ang nakakalungkot: sa dami-dami na po ng mga government agency at mga opisyal na nagbigay ng pahayag, nagtataka po kami kung bakit wala pa kahit isa na pormal na komunikasyon na kami ay natanggap. Ni hindi pa man lang kami tinatawagan kahit ng OWWA para kamustahin ang kalagayan ni Nanay Gloria," Farolan told radio dzMM.
Farolan said they are independently clarifying Ortinez's employment status with her employer.


"Pagdating naman po sa kanyang employment, sa inisyal na usapan, baka nga po may panganib na baka hindi na talaga siya makabalik sa kanyang employer pero kinaklaro pa po namin. Ayaw pa po naming magsalita nang tapos hanggat hindi pa po nakakausap ulit iyung kanyang employer," he said.
Ortinez has been forced to stay in the country pending the investigation of her case.
Farolan added that Ortinez's employers had watched an interview on Umagang Kay Ganda where she said she is traumatized by her arrest after an airport screener found a bullet inside her bag.



"Siyempre po, tulad ng kinatatakutan, kahit mahal na mahal siya ng kanyang employer, siyempre may agam-agam na sila... Umaasa kami na sana nga po, makabalik pa siya sa kanyang employer na ito. Pero kung hindi man, sa kasamaang palad, nandoon na iyung posibilidad na hindi," he said.

Ortinez earlier said she did not know about the bullet, especially since there was no bullet detected in her bag when she was at the Laoag International Airport.
She was later released without having to post bail after the fiscal's office said the evidence submitted by the members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Aviation Security Group is questionable.
PO3 Careen de Padua and PO1 Rommel Ballesteros were removed from their posts after the bullet they submitted to the fiscal's office was different from the one allegedly found in Ortinez's bag.
Ortinez also claimed that the airport officials who apprehended her forced her to pick up the bullet.
Farolan said ABS-CBN has helped Ortinez in seeking immediate help from a psychiatrist. The OFW is also coordinating with doctors from the University of the Philippines for long-term counseling.
Ortinez's camp is also seeking help from the Office of the Ombudsman should the OWWA remain impassive.
"Pinag-aaralan po namin kung ano iyung mga worst case scenario, paano nga kapag hindi na tinanggap--ano ba ang mga options, ano ang mga pwedeng gawin. Kasi po, officially, wala pa kaming counselling na ganoon na inaasahan sana namin na sa OWWA manggagaling," Farolan said.
"May kapangyarihan po ang Ombudsman na mag-imbestiga at maaari rin nilang utusan ang NBI. Dahil iyun ang mas sanay sa pagsasaliksik, ang NBI at DOJ, para talagang aralin sino ba talaga ang may pakana nito," he added. 


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