Household Workers Of Gaddafi’s Kin Rescued

by Patty Maluto

MANILA—THE Filipino household workers employed by a kin of ousted Libyan President Moummar Gaddafi are now under the custody of the Philippine embassy in Tripoli and will be repatriated to Manila within the week, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

The two overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are identified as Diana Jill Rivera and Mary Ann Ducos.

The costs for their repatriation were shouldered by the Philippine government.

Raul Hernandez, Foreign Affairs spokesman, said in a text message that the Philippine embassy in Tripoli informed the department late Monday night that the two Filipino workers are already under their care.

The Filipinos met with an embassy team who waited in two cars near the residence where they worked, he said.

Hernandez added that the two Filipinos “left the residence without bringing with them any of their belongings.”

“The embassy team brought them to Tunisia where they are now staying while waiting their bookings for their trip to Manila,” he said.

Two other Filipino household workers employed by the former strongman’s kin have not expressed intentions to leave their employments.

“They do not fear for their safety,” Hernandez said.

The Foreign Affairs official clarified though that the two other Filipino workers, Zenaida Labugen and Racquel Dadang, are in contact with the Philippine embassy there.

The eight-month standoff in the oil-rich country has caused the repatriation of over 9,000 OFWs because of continuing clashes between pro-democracy groups and those loyal to the 42-year rule of Gaddafi.

The DFA has raised alert level 4 in entire Libya, which entails mandatory repatriation.

There are still 2,000 Filipinos, mostly medical workers, left in Libya who refused to be repatriated for “personal and professional” reasons.

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