Tulfo: Focus on innocent OFWs, not drug traffickers

Tulfo: Focus on innocent OFWs, not drug traffickers

By Liza Soriano

MANILA — Senator Raffy Tulfo pointed out that the government must provide legal assistance to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who are more innocent of crimes than the drug traffickers.

“I really hate drugs. I hate addicts, I hate drug pushers… Alam na nga na drug trafficker, drug courier na nahuli, and yet, pinagtutuunan ng pansin ng ating gobyerno, binibigyan ng legal assistance,” Tulfo, chairman of the Senate migrant workers committee, said.

“Nagpapadala pa tayo ng envoy natin dun, special envoy, para kausapin yung bansa kung saan nahuli yung ating kababayan para tubusin,” he added.

“Imbes na tulungan natin ang mga drug trafficker na sertipikado at nahuli naman, i-focus na lang natin doon sa mga walang kasalanang OFWs na, na napagbintangan lang at wala namang kasalanan,” the senator continued.

Tulfo brought up the issue during the discussion of Senate Bills (SB) 1448, which aims to increase the legal assistance budget, and SB 1175, which encourages new-lawyer scholars to provide legal services to OFWs, on Tuesday as well as SB 969, the Filipino Migrant Workers Act.

(ai/mtvn)

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