MANILA, Philippines – Forty-one overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Hong Kong have arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) at 2 in the afternoon, Monday.
They are among the Filipinos stranded in Hong Kong after they were sold with fake airline tickets by the PEYA Travel Agency.
According to Rowena Oliero, she previously booked for ticket with the said travel agency, that’s why she was surprised that she will be fooled by the same agency.
She bought the ticket for HK$1,500 or almost P13,000.
“I called Philippines Airlines and they said our tickets were “not issued.” They said [the agency] took our money but it was not remitted to Philippine Airlines,” said Oliero.
“I panicked and cried. I said to myself, ‘I won’t be able to come home, I have no more money to buy a ticket.'” she added.
The said OFWs were able to return home with the help of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), while the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) paid for their flights.
According to OWWA, thousands of OFWs have been victimized by the Peya Travels Agency.
Many of them were able to buy their own flight tickets.
The government vowed to hold the said travel agency liable, and will force it to pay back the money it took from its victims.
Lawyers of the Philippine Embassy in Hong Kong are now preparing the charges it will file against Peya travels.
“It will depend on the laws of Hong Kong, whatever the set-up our lawyers can fix there. But we should really go after this travel agency because they have already victimized too many Filipinos in Hong Kong,” OWWA Deputy Administrator Brigido Dulay said.
Aside from 41 OFWs, another batch of stranded Filipino workers in Hong Kong were also set to arrive Monday night.
They are also victims of the Peya Travel Agency. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue