‘Freedom of Speech’: Taiwan rejects Labor Department’s request to deport Filipina caregiver critical of Duterte

Coconuts Manila
Date: Apr 28, 2020
By Coconuts Manila 

City view of Taiwan Photo: Remi Yuan / Unsplash

The Taiwanese government yesterday turned down a request from the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to send home a Filipina caregiver for publishing a Facebook post that allegedly attempted to “discredit and malign” President Rodrigo Duterte.

On Saturday, Labor Attaché Fidel Macauyag said in a statement that a certain Elanel Ordidor, a resident of Taiwan’s Yunlin County, committed cyber libel “for [the] willful posting of nasty and malevolent materials against President Duterte on Facebook [that was] intended to cause hatred amidst the global health crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The three-minute video, which has since been deleted from Ordidor’s account, shows the caregiver complaining about the military-like lockdown that Duterte imposed over parts of the country to curb the spread of COVID-19. She said that due to severe measures, people in the Philippines “would not die from the virus but from hunger.”    [FULL  STORY]

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