(Part 2 of 3)
MANILA, Philippines – 2015 was a bumpy ride for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
Mary Jane Veloso, a victim of human trafficking, barely made it through death row after receiving a last-minute reprieve from the Indonesian government. A few months later, the Bureau of Customs found itself on the receiving end of OFWs' fury, after one of its commissioners emphasized the need to open the balikbayan boxes for inspection - angering OFWs who accuse customs inspectors of stealing from their boxes. And barely a month after, reports of bullet-planting in airports again rattled OFWs and travelling Filipinos.
As the Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) kicks off, let’s take a look at how the presidential candidates plan to solve these major issues, based on the platforms they shared with the Commission on Elections (COMELEC):
Corrupt airport staff and officials
Imposition of tax and custom duties on balikbayan boxes
High placement fee
Are you an OFW? What are your thoughts on the candidates' platforms? Tell us in the comments section! – Rappler.com