Group Accuses Bello of Corruption, Ignoring OFW’s Plight

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An OFW group has come forward with allegations of corruption against Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

In an interview over DZBB, Alie Dizon, secretary general of Kilusang Pagbabago National Movement for Change, claimed Bello asked P1.5-M from a recruitment agency. Dizon said they have documents to prove their accusations.

Kilusang Pagbabago National Movement for Change is a group supporting President Rodrigo Duterte III.

“Meron kaming ebidensiya na siya mismo ang kasabwat,” said Dizon; referring to Bello. [We have evidence to prove that he himself is involved.]

Dizon also accused Bello of refusing to help an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who sought the assistance of his office to get back the child she left in Saudi Arabia. She claimed Bello cursed at the OFW and banned her from DOLE offices.

Sought for explanation, Bello denied he asked for money from a recruitment agency and even dared Dizon for both of them to undergo a lie detector test.

As for the OFW he supposedly cursed, the Labor official said the woman went to her office not to seek assistance for her baby but to follow-up on a case she filed against an agency that helped her return to the country.

Bello said he told the woman that following up on a pending case against a recruitment firm in his office is prohibited and urged the OFW to just let the law take its own course.

“She never approached me about the baby. Ang pinupunta niya sa amin ay ‘yung agency na tumulong sa kanya [She came here for the legal issue with the agency that helped her],” he added.

Earlier, Bello was also criticized over the iDOLE (OFW ID) program, which was supposed to be free of charge but turned out to cost OFWs P720 in fees.