DOLE wants Taiwan to deport OFW for comments vs. Duterte

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 25) — Philippine labor officials are working to have a Filipina caregiver in Taiwan be deported for alleged cyberlibel.

A statement from the Department of Labor and Employment on Saturday accused the Filipina. a caregiver in Yunlin County, of cyber libel for the "wilful posting of nasty and malevolent materials against President Duterte on Facebook intended to cause hatred amidst the global health crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic."

The Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Taiwan said they got in touch with the OFW's broker and employer on her deportation.

The DOLE statement said they met with the OFW on April 20 at her workplace to "enlighten" her that her actions "amounted to a crime for which she might be prosecuted both in Taiwan and the Philippines."

It added the woman was cooperative and committed to delete the material and said she would not do it again. According to DOLE, the OFW said she would upload a video stating a public apology to both Duterte and the "people of the government" that evening.

However, after the visit, there were posts on the Facebook page of POLO Taichung which they said were made by fake accounts that were supportive of the OFW.

DOLE said they found out the OFW was using several social media accounts "and has a group organized to discredit and malign the President and destabilize the government."

DOLE said the sharing and posting of such videos are punishable under Republic Act No. 10175, the cyber libel law.