An early sign of insanity is to repeatedly attempt the same thing, useing the same methods, and expect a different outcome.
Insane? You be the judge:
Philippine officials on Sunday urged about 6,000 Filipino workers to immediately leave Iraq after a foiled kidnapping injured two Filipinos, stressing that the situation there remains very dangerous for foreign workers.
Five Filipinos who had decided to return home because of sporadic mortar attacks on the U.S. military camp where they worked as food servers were en route Saturday to Baghdad’s airport when their cars were blocked by suspected kidnappers, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.
And the tried and true response from the Philippines Government:
Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo, citing the attack, called on all Filipino workers in Iraq “to now consider their immediate repatriation to the Philippine in view of the dangerous security situation there.”
He said the Philippine Embassy in Baghdad would help returning Filipinos get flights.
Since the Angelo dela Cruz affair last July the government placed a ban on Filipinos working in Iraq. They contacted Iraq’s neighbors and arranged for their authorities to screen and stop any border crossings into Iraq by Filipino citizens. If a Filipino reports smelling cordite, leave aside being injured, the government goes into a tizzy fit and reissues the same tired repatriation warning.
Over, and over and over – ad nauseam. With zero effect, since July the number of Filipino workers in Iraq has increased.
Sometimes “old sayings” prove their worth.
UPDATE: Now wait just one damm minute! The Philippine Government is investigating an “American firm for illegally hiring” the five Filipinos noted in the story above.
Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo on Sunday ordered an investigation into an American firm for the illegal deployment in Iraq of five overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were almost kidnapped by armed men there Saturday
Dawood and Partners, an Amman-based catering company that provides services to US military facilities in Iraq, hired the five Filipinos as food servers and kitchen helpers, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.
The five workers told Endaya [charge d’affaires Eric Endaya of the Philippine embassy in Iraq] they were recruited for supposed jobs in Amman a year ago. They signed a two-year employment contract in Manila.
However, when they got to Amman, they were brought to US military bases in Al-Assad and Taji in Iraq where they worked for one year. Due to sporadic mortar attacks in their worksites, they decided to go home without completing the two-year contract and sought the assistance of the Philippine embassy in Baghdad to facilitate their repatriation.
Where to hell is the “American firm?” Worst case I see a sub-contractor and that is open to huge debate as to whom might be responsible.. A search of “Dawood and Partners catering” returns 20 pages of results, none of which connect the two names and a very large number are linked to Middle Eastern sites.
I smell a bloviating rat and his name is Philippine Ambassador to Jordan Ruperto Dizon. A different search of “Dawood and Partners Iraq” turns up one link of interest. Last December Dizon met with officials of Dawood and Partners in an effort to secure the release of Filipino hostage Robert Tarongoy -who is still being held – and enforcement of the deployment ban. Again there is no mention that Dawood and Partners is an American firm only that it is “a “Jordan based” company.
From another perspective, on what legal basis would a Philippine ban on Iraqi deployment of workers effect another nation? From a diplomatic or political standpoint yes a country could choose to honor the Philippines desires. Legally, I think it is a pipedream concocted by the DFA to appease families at home. Certainly I’m far from being a lawyer, but it sure would explain why Iraq’s neighbors have ignored the ban and Filipinos still flow into the country.