Plight of OFWs reflected in ‘Gulf Air’ baby

MANILA -- A lawmaker has asked the Aquino administration and the Catholic Church to address the social costs of sending Filipinos abroad after an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) abandoned her baby in an airplane's trash bin.

Buhay party-list Representative Irwin Tieng said he is alarmed over the increasing rate of OFWs who abort or abandon their babies.

Earlier this week, a newborn baby was found inside the trash bin of a Gulf Air plane from Bahrain. Named after the plane's initials, George Francis is now with the custody of the Department of Social and Welfare Development.

The alleged mother of the baby has already admitted that she is the parent but the result of a DNA test performed is still being awaited to confirm the claim.

"I too condemn the action of the mother, but we should also look into the unfortunate realities behind the problem because the baby's mother may just be a victim of the country's unfortunate state of affairs," said Tieng.

Tieng added it is the duty of government to look into the harsh realities abroad that drive mothers to abandon their babies. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)

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