Duterte caught up in ‘picture’ storm over new OFW ID cards
Netizens criticize the design and insist the photograph of the Philippine President is unnecessary
President Rodrigo Duterte has told government departments not to use his picture on new overseas Filipino worker (OFW) identity cards after a storm of protests.
Earlier this week, Mocha Uson, assistant secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) uploaded on her Facebook page pictures of the new OFW ID card issued by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
Netizens slammed the design, saying Duterte’s picture was unnecessary. Some even pointed out that the OFW’s photograph was in black and white while Duterte’s was in color.
On Tuesday, he instructed government departments to use the images of national heroes such as Lapu-Lapu or Sikatuna, Rappler reported.
“I am requiring everybody, if you want to show a sense of loyalty to the country, display the paintings of our heroes,” he said during the Malacañang Press Corps Christmas party.
But Silvestre Bello III, secretary of DOLE, said they will not redesign the ID card because there were no complaints from the OFWs, Philippine Canadian Inquirer reported.
“Based on the 500 messages I received from OFWs, their reactions are favorable,” he said.