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No crackdown

Manila, Philippines – The Philippine Embassy in Amman, Jordan has belied reports that a crackdown is being waged by Jordanian authorities against illegal aliens, particularly Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

In a statement, Philippine Ambassador to Jordan Julius D. Torres belied published reports that 28 Filipinos were arrested starting last September 26 in the capital city of Amman. Torres said that the clarification was issued to him personally by Major Bakr Al Khatawneh of the Public Security Directorate.

He underscored that as of October 3, only two Filipinos are staying at the Nadara Immigration Retention Center while there are just 11 Filipinos at the Juawayda Women’s Correctional Facility.

Torres stated that if there is indeed a crackdown, it will compel illegally staying OFWs to legalize their stay in Jordan especially since the host government announced a general amnesty for overstaying foreigners last June. (Roy C. Mabasa)