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Senate probe resumes on ‘sex-for-flight’ scandal

Senate probe resumes on ‘sex-for-flight’ scandal

By Maila Ager
10:00 am | Thursday, August 15th, 2013
Assistant labor attache Antonio “Tony” Villafuerte faced anew at Thursday’s resumption of the Senate investigation into the “sex-for-scheme” scandal in the Middle East.

MANILA, Philippines -– The Senate on Thursday resumed its investigation into the  so-called “sex-for-flight” scheme by some Philippine embassy and  labor officials in the Middle East.

Still present in a joint hearing by the Senate blue ribbon and labor  committees, which started a little past 9 a.m.,  was  Riyadh-based assistant labor attaché Antonio  “Tony” Villafuerte,  who had been accused by three  overseas Filipino workers of sexually  molesting  and  pimping them in exchange for plane tickets.
Villafurte was also present during last week’s hearing  but was not questioned by members of the committees.

Last week’s hearing, instead, centered on  an OFW, who recounted  an alleged  attempted rape by  the  driver and employee of  Philippine labor attaché to Saudi Arabia, Adam Musa.
Aside from Villafuerte, other  resource persons who also attended Thursday’s hearing  were Foreign  Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario and Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.

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135 Filipinos to be Repatriated from Riyadh to the Philippines this Week, Over 1100 Repatriated from Riyadh

15 August 2013 - As part of the Philippine Government’s efforts to assist its nationals seeking repatriation during the correction period in the Kingdom, the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh announced that 135 distressed Filipinos in Riyadh would be repatriated from August  12 to 15 under the ongoing correction period on plane tickets provided by the Philippine government.

With this number, the total of Filipinos repatriated from Riyadh alone through government expense will reach over 1,100 distressed Filipinos.    

The Embassy is also arranging the flight booking of another 203 Filipinos who already obtained their final exit, and requested the assistance of the Philippine government for repatriation tickets.  Recently, 97 mothers with undocumented children also obtained their exit visas after the DNA testing by the Ministry of Interior team and fingerprinting at the General Directorate for Passports  (Jawazat – Wafeedin at Shumeisy).
In the meantime, the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah has repatriated 881 Filipinos on tickets purchased by the Philippine government.

With the end of the Eid El-Fitr holidays, the Embassy and Consulate will continue providing assistance to Filipinos in facilitating the rectification of their status or expediting issuance of final exit visas to meet the deadline of the correction period on 3 November 2013.  END

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