Beauty blogger had Pinoy hackles raised
Sondo al-Qattan faces criticism for a video posted on July 10 to Instagram, where she has 2.3-million followers, in which she attacked measures introduced in May that grant Filipinas working in the oil-rich Gulf state one day off per week and prevent employers from keeping their passports. Qattan, known for her Internet make-up tutorials, told AFP by phone that the outcry was “unjustified” and did not require an apology. “All I said was that the employer was entitled to keep the servant’s passport and that many Kuwaitis and Gulf nationals agree with me,” said Qattan. “I have the right as a kafil [sponsor] to keep my employee’s passport, and I am responsible for paying a deposit of up to 1,500 dinars [around $4,900],” she said. Qattan insisted the practices are not an “insult to the employee and do not concern humanity or human rights because I did not deprive the employee of her salary or beat her.” “The servant lives in the house just like the owners, he eats the same food, sleeps, rests and goes out shopping... this is a natural right. He’s not like a waiter who works fixed hours, so we give him a weekly leave,” she added.