15 October 2012
OFW rights group urges support for former actress and beauty queen vs. employer over racial discrimination case
A Filipino migrants rights group reacted to a report of television host Howie Severino in GMA Network's “News to Go” program confirming that former PH actress and beauty queen Ms. Dindi Gallardo sued her employer over racist treatment as well as physical and mental abuse. (News link http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/278005/pinoyabroad/news/actress-beauty-queen-dindi-gallardo-sues-dark-knight-creator-girlfriend-over-abuse)
“As we campaign against any form of racial discrimination, in behalf of our fellow Filipinos staying or working abroad and of other nationalities from the Third World countries, we commend former actress and beauty queen and fellow overseas worker Dindi Gallardo for her courage to speak out and sue her abusive employers. We consider her case an attack to Filipinos and peoples of color’s dignity and as human beings,’ said John Leonard Monterona, Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator.
“Ms. Dindi, just like any other victims of racial profiling and discrimination, deserves every Filipinos understanding and support. The degree of pain and psychological effect to Ms. Dindi is of great height and could not even be corrected by mere public apology by her abusive employers,” Monterona added.
Monterona urged the Philippine govt. through the Department of Foreign Affairs and its PH post in the US to extend legal assistance to Ms. Dindi and to other Filipinos who have been victim of racial discrimination on their quest for humane and equal treatment.
Cases of racial discrimination are rampant in the United States, Europe, and even in the Middle East whose victims are usually Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
No to racial discrimination!
Yes to humane and equal treatment for all regardless of one's color!
John Leonard Monterona
Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator
Mobile No. 00974 33 20 5565