Thank you, Rep. Theresa Bonoan-David for withdrawing HB 6195!

I was heading home and listening to TV Patrol on DZMM when Henry Omaga Diaz’s familiar voice reported a piece of good news: Manila 4th District Representative Maria Theresa Bonoan-David had conveyed to the media her intention to withdraw her own bill.

Based on the said news report, the congresswoman said that her only intention was to help the OFWs but that this was misunderstood. Hindi lang daw nagkaintindihan.

This corner thanks fellow blogger The Filipino Scribe (www.rightonthemark.wordpress.com) for posting the letter below and sharing the link via Facebook:

Let’s hope that this entire experience will open her eyes to the need to consult first, research more, and file a bill more suited to the needs of her constituents. Sana nadagdagan ang kanyang kaalaman sa sitwasyon ng mga OFWs dahil sa ating naging reaksyon. Hindi naman talaga makatarungan na sa bulsa ng OFW kukunin ang lahat ng bayarin at obligasyon ng gobyerno.

Madam Theresa, thank you for listening to our sentiments. We applaud your decision to withdraw your own measure. If you need our help in formulating a better and more relevant bill, just let us know.

As for us, the controversy over HB 6195 was also instructive on how we as a sector can unite behind a common cause when the need to defend OFW rights arises.

We found our voice and declared our position. In unity, our beloved OFWs emerged victorious.

To all those who took a proactive stance against HB 6195 in Facebook, Twitter and by posting comments here, let me share the music video below with you:

Hindi pa tapos ang laban para sa mga karapatan at benepisyo ng mga OFWs.

Ayos lang, basta’t magkakasama tayo.

🙂

Author: Susan Ople

Susan "Toots" Ople is the President of the Blas F. Ople Policy and Training Institute. She's an OFW and labor advocate based in the Philippines.

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  • mr.d

    dapat wag kami sipsipan sa aming kahirapan nilisan ang sambayan at lupang sinilangan,pasa sa kapakanan at kinabukasan nang aming mga naiwanan,marami ng hihirap na kabayan maliit na kita pinag paguran,wag sana kaming pasamtalahan…isisigaw namin ang aming karapatan bilang mamamayan,sa ating bayan walang kalalagyan kami kami lumisan…tuloy ang laban OFWs kabayan!!!

  • ianmiamyarye

    Maraming Salamat po Rep. Maria Theresa Bonoan-David =)

  • Kabayan wag po muna kayo mag pasalamat kay Bonoan-David dahil maliwanag sa letter nya na nagwi_withdraw lang sya bilang principal sponsor sa bill. Hindi pa po na withdraw yung bill na nai_file nila. Ibig sabihin nasa congresso parin ang bill at meron pang ibang mga sponsor yun. Di pa po tapos ang usaping ito. nag huhugas kamay lang po si Cong. Bonoan-David.

  • Dyosa

    magandang araw po! unang-una ay nagpapasalamat po kaming mga OFW sa inyong suporta ukol sa HB 6195, ngunit may nais po kaming linawin ukol sa isinaad ni Rep. Bonoan…
    “I am withdrawing sponsorship as principal author of the bill.”
    Mayroon pa po bang ibang author/sponsor ang nasabing bill?
    Ibig sabihin po ba ay nakapasok pa rin ang bill?
    She should withdraw the bill not her sponsorship as principal author…tama po ba?

  • ay napaka bobo talaga! gumagawa ng batas na hindi nagreresearch tapos sabay babawiin at sasabihin ‘misunderstanding’. anu klaseng ka-plastikan yan Tongresswoman?! ginagawa mo bang tanga tangahan mga pinoy?! dapat dyan i-impeach din!

  • Maraming salamat po, una sa Diyos na syang nangangalaga sa ating lahat. Pangalawa kay Ms. Susan Ople at sa lahat ng mga katulad nya na nagpahayag ng kanilang suporta sa aming mga OFW. Pangatlo, sa mga kapwa ko OFW na nagpahayag ng kanilang pagtutol sa panukalang batas na ito. At Ikaapat, kay Cong. Ma. Theresa Bonoan-David na nagpakumbaba at nakinig sa karaingan ng mga OFW. Tulad po ng sinabi ni Ms. Susan Ople, kung may naiisip kayong batas para sa aming mga OFW mas maganda po munang kami ang una ninyong kunsultahin bago ang iba sapagkat kaming mga OFW ang higit na nakakaalam ng tunay na sitwasyon namin dito sa ibayong dagat.

    Lubos na gumagalang,

    Arman Gavino

  • maryam

    mabuti namn at naliwanagan sya !

  • rosevilla

    Ofw kawawa. tama ka mr. d salute u.fr. rosvi_23@yahoo.com

  • inquirerman

    ikaw ang bobo katcha, mag research ka nga. tongresswoman cannot be impeached.

    yan lang mga impeachable officers.

    President of the PhilippinesVice-President of the PhilippinesJustices of the Supreme Court of the PhilippinesMembers of the Constitutional Commissions:Commission on ElectionsCivil Service CommissionCommission on AuditOmbudsman

    yabang mo. nagpakumbaba na nga ang tao, ayaw mo pa tanggapin. palibhasa kasi, maraming hangin yang ulo mo.