Bello disappointed with Dole's sex-for-fly scheme report-A A +A
Saturday, August 24, 2013
AKBAYAN party-list Representative Walden Bello, who exposed the sex-for-flight racket of some embassy officials, expressed disappointment on Saturday over the non-filing of criminal cases against those involved in the illegal activity.
Bello was expecting that the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) will run after 10 people but Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz only approved on Friday the fact-finding committee’s recommendation to file administrative charges against labor attaché Adam Musa for gross negligence; labor attaché Mario Antonio for grave misconduct; and assistant labor attaché Antonio Villafuerte for simple negligence.
The committee did not find any labor personnel involved in the scheme of prioritizing the repatriation of distressed female overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Middle East in exchange for sexual favors including prostitution.
"I expected not only administrative penalties but recommendations for criminal penalties. I am upset that the Dole is hiding the full report from me," Bello said in a text message.
Bello, however, could not say if Baldoz's decision showed the department's failure to discipline erring officials. He said he wanted to review the report before passing judgment.
The party-list lawmaker earlier threatened to file a resolution cutting Dole's P10.5-billion budget for 2014 by 25 percent if it will not "endorse criminal penalties or substantive administrative sanctions" against officials and personnel involved in the controversy.
Two hearings have already been conducted by the Senate into the issue as the chamber noted the incompetence of labor officials in handling an attempted rape case and big discrepancy in pay and benefits between the local hires of the Dole and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
Baldoz assured the senators that she would look into the department's local hire system including the pay scale. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)