Duterte: OFW recruitment under 'gov't control' by December

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 12) — The days of abusive and fraudulent overseas manpower recruiters are numbered insofar as President Rodrigo Duterte is concerned.

He said on Friday he will place these recruiters under "government supervision and control" as he lamented the "horrendous charges" and abuses that Filipinos suffer.

"By December. Buong Pilipinas ito, bawal na 'yang recruitment sa labas (By December. This is for the entire Philippines, recruitment from agencies outside the government will no longer be allowed)," Duterte said in a speech before overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) at an event in Quezon City.

"Ang mga kababayan ko puro biktima, puro kawawa kaya kayong mga recruitment, bilang talaga ang araw niyo (My fellow Filipinos are all victims, they are all pitiful. To all the recruitment agencies, your days are numbered)," he said.

The President said he wants the proposed department for OFWs to regulate the recruitment.

Senator Christopher "Bong" Go, who filed a bill at the Senate seeking to create the department, said the timeline is feasible since the President will certify the proposed measure as urgent.

"Possible naman po matapos kaagad sa December ito. Nag-file na po ako (This is possible to be done by December. I have filed it)," he said.