Kuwaiti beauty blogger Sondos Alqattan (Image taken from Instagram @sondos_aq)
Kuwaiti social media star and beauty blogger Sondos Alqattan went viral on social media for her racist remarks on Filipino migrant workers for having a regular day-off and employer ’s non-confiscation of household workers’ passports.
Her remarks sparked outrage not only from Filipinos and foreign nationals but also among her fellow Kuwaiti citizens.
Due to this, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is studying to blacklist Alqattan.
“Titingan natin dito na hindi na siya magbe-benefit doon sa ating deployment process, madi-disqualify siya to apply for a deployment of a Filipino worker dahil ayaw niyang sumunod,” said POEA Usec. Bernard Olalia.
Olalia emphasized that the labor agreement between the Philippines and Kuwait is clear-cut to protect the rights and ensure the safety of the overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Kuwait.
This includes rest day, right to keep their documents such as passports and the right accommodation and food among others.
“Ito ay mandatory. Hindi ito directory. Hindi recommendatory at nobody can even question that, not even any foreign employers and entities. That is our law and they should respect that,” said Olalia.
POEA has warned foreign nationals of blacklisting those who will disregard the labor agreement signed by the Philippines and their countries.
Meanwhile, the group Migrante Internacional has urged for the public apology of the Kuwaiti media star over her controversial comments.
“Humihingi kami sa kanya ng public apology. Humihingi ka sa kanya ng pagre-reverse ng kanyang mga statement at hinahamon namin siya na kilalanin at alamin ang kalagayan ng mga domestic helper para malaman niya kung bakit sila nagta-trabaho doon at bakit kailangan nila ng sapat na pahinga. Bakit nila kailangan ng sapat na kompensasyon at bakit sila dapat na ituring na tao,” said Migrante Internacional spokesperson Arman Hernando.
Several companies reportedly canceled their endorsement deals with Alqattan following the issue.
A London-based cosmetic brand said they have decided to remove the videos of Alqattan from their social media channels.
In a new video post, Alqattan has refused to issue a public apology for her comments.
She defended that she has no regrets over her statements against Filipino domestic helpers.
Alqattan has over two million followers on her social media accounts and known for her makeup tutorial videos. — UNTV News & Rescue