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Solon warns ‘tit-for-tat’ if Kuwait expels PH envoy

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The Kuwaiti government must hold their horses if they are planning to expel Philippine Ambassador Renato Pedro Villa.

ACTS-OFW Rep. Aniceto “John” Bertiz III has cautioned Kuwait against such move saying that it will not be done without any repercussions.

“If they throw out our ambassador, it will not be left unanswered by the Philippine government. There will surely be tit-for-tat,” the politiko said.

Kuwait has summoned and served protest notes on Villa over a viral video showing an apparent “rescue” of distressed Filipino workers and his supposed offensive remarks against the Arab state.

“We understand that several members of parliament in Kuwait have demanded that the Philippine ambassador be kicked out over the incident portrayed in the video. This is totally uncalled for,” said Bertiz who was in Kuwait over the weekend to facilitate the repatriation of undocumented Filipino workers.

A Kuwait Interior Ministry statement expressed “grave concern” over the episode in the video and warned that “the full force of the law will be brought to bear on those complicit in the wrongdoing.”

“We must stress that the Philippine government is duty-bound to safeguard its nationals wherever they may be,” Bertiz said.

“In extreme cases wherein Filipino domestic workers are being physically battered or sexually abused, and cry out for help, our embassy is expected to take appropriate action,” he added.