OFWS IN JORDAN HARASSED OVER GMA SUPPORT OF WAR

Manila, April 5, 2003 -- Filipino overseas workers in Jordan have reported
being harassed due to their government's support for the US-led war on Iraq.

"There is a report from our ambassador from Jordan that two Filipinos told
him they were harassed but it was not specified how this was done,"
presidential spokesman Ignacio Bunye said in a radio interview.
  Bunye said the ambassador had advised Filipinos in Jordan to report other
cases of harassment and warned them to stay away from gatherings where they
may be victimized.

Bunye did not give further details on the incidents but stressed that "it
is important that we prevent any possibility that our countrymen may be
victimized."

President Macapagal has been one of the staunchest supporters in Asia of
the US-led campaign to topple the government of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Ilocos Norte Congresswoman Imee Marcos had earlier voiced concern that
Macapagal's's position could endanger the estimated 1.5 million Filipinos
who are working in the Middle East in countries where the governments or
the citizens are opposed to the US-led attack on Iraq.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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