PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte promised to resolve the issue of undocumented Filipinos as soon as possible and will send Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano to discuss the issue with the Jordanian government.
In a speech before around 2,000 members of the Filipino community in Amman, Duterte said the Philippine government has talked with the Jordanian government about the undocumented Filipinos in the kingdom during his visit to King Abdullah II Thursday.
Duterte also thanked the Jordanian monarch for inviting him and for graciously hosting the Filipinos in the Kingdom.
“I’d like to thank again the King, His Majesty King Abdullah, for being so kind to invite me and for being kind to my people,” he said.
“And one of the things that we talked, hindi sa kanya, is I will try to find a solution—marami ‘yan, itong undocumented Filipinos,” he added.
Duterte also said he will send Secretary Cayetano to work on the issue with the Jordanian government. “I hope to work on it right away, nandito man si Alan,” he said.
“I will send maybe senator — Senator man kaya ito. Secretary Cayetano to fix this thing and baka maayos (maybe this can be resolved),” he added.
Duterte said Filipinos have nothing to hide from authorities in Jordan as King Abdullah II is “a man of his words.”
“Isa sa mga rare nakita ko, talagang kung magsalita, makita. You can see the human spirit in his words,” he said.
According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), there are around 40,000 Filipinos in Jordan.Duterte earlier thanked Abdullah for treating Filipinos as human beings.