Returning ‘sex-for-fly’ exec sent to Zamboanga

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

LABOR Attaché Adam Musa will not be returning to his old post in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) any time soon despite already completing his one-month suspension.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said that she has assigned Musa to oversee the overseas employment program for the victims of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) siege in Zamboanga City.

"Labatt Musa is now assigned sa Zamboanga City. Iyon ang pinatutukan ko sa kanya kasi Middle East din ang gusto nilang puntahan for these skilled workers," said Baldoz.

She noted how Musa has already served out his one-month suspension stemming from his supposed attempt to cover up a sex abuse case involving his driver in Saudi Arabia against an overseas Filipino worker (OFW).

Baldoz said this means that she does not intend to re-deploy their officials earlier implicated in the "sex-for-fly" scheme.

"Wala siguro. Dito muna sila," said Baldoz with reference also to former Jordan acting labor attaché Mario Antonio.

He is already in his third month of his four-month suspension over findings of "simple misconduct" by Department of Labor and Employment's (Dole) internal probe after he was found to have used vulgar and indecent language when talking to distressed workers while serving as acting labor attaché in Jordan and was also caught watching pornographic materials using office laptop.

Antonio's assignment upon his return is still under evaluation, said Baldoz.

In a related development, Baldoz said she is already set to release the decision on the charges versus Riyadh assistant labor attaché Antonio Villafuerte in the next few days.

"Baka within the week. Parang nasa table ko na pero hindi ko na naa-aksyonan e," said Baldoz.

Villafuerte is facing administrative case for "simple negligence" based on the results of the investigation of the Dole fact-finding team as well as a possible "sexual harassment" case. (HDT/Sunnex)

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