The Philippine government apologized on April 24 for the incident and said it recognized Kuwait`s own laws, while saying that the welfare of Filipino migrant workers was also in its best interest. The next day, Kuwait declared Philippine Ambassador Renato Villa persona non grata and asked Villa to leave the Gulf country within a week and recalled his envoy to Manila for consultations. The Philippines called the move „deeply worrying“ and said Kuwait had „refused“ a previous cooperation agreement.  Kuwait arrested four drivers and three diplomats involved in the operation and filed a complaint against them.  The treatment of Filipino workers in Kuwait reflects a broader treatment regimen for the nearly two million OFWs in the Middle East. This indicates the urgent need for a review of the Philippines` labour immigration law. Despite the 1995 „Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act 8042“ and its amended version, Republic Act 10022, the Middle East remains a region with few guarantees to protect the rights and well-being of foreign domestic workers. It is clear that there is no effective policy to address the worsening socio-economic problems that Filipino workers have faced for many decades. In 2018, the Philippine and Kuwaiti authorities have reached an agreement on the deployment and protection of the OFWs that will be employed there. MANILA, Philippines – Senator Joel Villanueva on Thursday questioned the full implementation of the employment contract between the Philippines and Kuwait, which aims to protect Filipino workers (OFW) in the Gulf state after a Filipina woman was allegedly raped. „The MOA… Not just should be written on paper, because nothing less than Kuwait`s labor laws guarantee better working conditions for our OFWs, including banning the seizure of workers` passports,“ Villanueva said in a statement late Friday.
A bitter dispute between Kuwait and the Philippines over the treatment of domestic workers will end with the signing of a new agreement.