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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Gordon helps 4 stranded OFWs get home

NINOY AQUINO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – Four Filipino workers who were left stranded in Bangkok, Thailand since December 21 after their plane tickets to Bahrain turned out to be invalid finally arrived home yesterday morning upon the intercession of Senator Richard Gordon.

The four overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) – Harnea Jaranilla Sandayugan, Guiamela Esmael, Norhata Mentol and Nhoraisa Asi – arrived in the country early yesterday morning aboard Cebu pacific flight 5J932 from Bangkok.

Present at the airport to personally meet the workers was Gordon, representatives from the Philippine National Red Cross, and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.

Gordon disclosed that it was his staff, Raul Gargonera, who discovered the four Filipinos at the parking lot of the Suvarnabhumi International Airport lase December 24.

According to Gordon, the four had been sleeping at the parking lot since December 21, after they were not allowed to board their connecting flight to Bahrain after their plane tickets were invalidated for non-payment.

Gordon narrated that the four were recruited to work in Bahrain by a certain Alex Omar, who is reportedly an Army private stationed in Cotabato City.

The four, who all hail from Cotabato, were provided with plane tickets from Davao City to manila, Manila to Bangkok and Bangkok to Bahrain where they were to work as domestic helpers.

After their plane tickets were invalidated at the Bangkok airport, the four were forced to stay and sleep at the parking lot of the big airport while asking for help from other passengers.

Luckily, Gargonera saw the four Filipino who immediately reported their flight to the senator through telephone.

Gordon instructed Gargonera to bring the four to the Philippine embassy in Bangkok for refuge while he worked on the return of the four.

Upon their arrival yesterday, the four were given a medical check up by members of the PNRC to ascertain that they were in good health.

From the airport, Gordon escorted the four to the National Bureau of Investigation to help them trace the whereabouts the illegal recruiter, file the necessary charges against him and ultimately place him behind bars.

--By. Anjo Perez – Tempo

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