Led by Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada, the Philippine Senate adopted a resolution commending Labor Attache to Libya Nasser Mustafa for his daring rescue of two overseas Filipino workers held against their will at a farmhouse owned by a close relative of deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
In his resolution, the chair of the Senate labor committee said that Mustafa “risked his life” when he rescued OFWs Diana Jill Rivera and Mary Ann Ducos from the Gadhafi farmhouse in Tripoli, Libya. Senator Estrada met with Labor Attache Mustafa and the two OFWs from Libya in his Senate office on the 6th floor. He expressed surprise that Diana Jill and Mary Ann only received US$200 as monthly salary and were not even paid for the last 6 months of work, especially given the tremendous wealth associated with the deposed leader’s family.
It took ten days of search and surveillance before the labor official could locate the residence where the two women were employed. The rescue mission was supposed to take place on September 22 but was carried out three days earlier after he learned that a battalion of armed rebels stormed the household and looted its occupants of their belongings.
“With only the embassy driver and a Libyan friend as his companions, Labor Attache Nasser Mustafa and his team risked their lives to rescue the two Filipino women from the heavily armed Gadhafi household at 6 o’clock in the morning of September 19,” the Senate resolution stated.
The resolution commended the labor attache as well as the Philippine Embassy headed by Al Vicente for the successful rescue of the two household workers.
Meanwhile, the two workers, Diana Jill Rivera and Mary Ann Ducos were warmly greeted by members of the Senate. Senator TG Guingona welcomed them home as well as Senators Pia Cayetano, Antonio Trillanes and Koko Pimentel.
They also had a chance to visit Senator Chiz Escudero’s office where the legislator gamely posed with the two OFWs and Labor Attache Nasser Mustafa and their respective families. Diana Jill’s sister, Jenny Rivera, had her photo taken with Senator Escudero whom she described as one of her “idols”.
Senator Vicente Sotto III as Majority Floor Leader, acknowledged the presence of the contingent from Tripoli, Libya on the Senate floor. Labor Attache Nasser Mustafa and his family listened intently as debates on the RH bill started. It was worth the visit to the Senate and the friendly welcome extended by its illustrious members gave hope and joy to Diana Jill Rivera and her sister, Jenny, as well as to Mary Ann Ducos.
Once again, congratulations Labor Attache Nasser Mustafa for a job well done!