Move follows allegations distressed Philippine workers forced into prostitution
- Filipino overseas female workers wear black cloth around their heads, so as to hide their identities, while speaking to reporters in Manila June 26, 2013. The women, identified only as Michelle, Annaliza and Angel, are accusing a Philippine embassy labour attache in Riyadh of molestation, local media reported. Picture taken June 26, 2013.
The planned deployments were announced amid an investigation by the foreign department over allegations that at least two diplomats were forcing Philippine women at the shelters to submit to sex, either with them or other men.
The enquiry was launched last month after a member of parliament told the foreign ministry he had received anonymous complaints by some women who had been in those shelters.
The allegations have triggered a firestorm in the Philippines, which relies heavily on the salary remittances of nearly 10 million citizens — about a tenth of the population — who work abroad.
Fameronag denied that the deployment of the women labour officers was a reaction to the scandal, insisting it was part of official efforts to improve embassy services for overseas workers.
Since the allegations broke, the Philippines has recalled home a male labour attache from the Middle East to answer the allegations against him, he said.
However, Fameronag said government investigators have yet to confirm any of the claims.