Saturday, May 28, 2005

Sectoral group slams lavish lifestyle of RP diplomats

Friday, 05/27/2005

Sectoral group Migrante International yesterday denounced the lavish spending of some diplomats while a number of Filipinos are languishing in jails and are being abused by their employers abroad. This is the most terrible insult and gross insensitivity from the government officials towards overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families, Migrante Secretary General Maita Santiago said. It is infuriating that while the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) releases hundreds of thousands for diplomatic luxuries, distressed OFWs who need legal and other forms of assistance find it hard to get any help, if any at all, Santiago added. Such criticisms of the sectoral group was in relation to the admission of a spokesman for the DFA on the $10,000 a month Manhattan apartment being rented by a Philippine Consul General in New York, which he said is expensive.

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