MAY 20, 2019 — The Palace expressed its support for calls to review the memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the protection and welfare of overseas Filipino workers signed by the Philippines and Kuwait, following the brutal death of an OFW in Kuwait.
“I think we should, because according to Secretary Bello there has been a breach in the agreement signed by the two countries,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said during his regular press briefing earlier today.
“He is putting the government in Kuwait to task for the murder of our countryman. So he is investigating it and the DFA is waiting for an autopsy report,” Panelo added.
Malacañang also said that pending the report and recommendation from the Labor Department, President Rodrigo Duterte has not yet issued any directive in response to the incident, such as a deployment ban or the recall of the Philippines’ ambassador in Kuwait.
Last Friday, the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that a Filipino domestic helper was declared dead-on-arrival when brought to Al Sabah Hospital in the capital city of Kuwait on May 14.
LEGAL AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO KINS
The Department of Foreign Affairs announced that it will shoulder the cost of the shipment of the late OFW’s remains to her hometown in Cauayan, Isabela.
“The DFA, through the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait, has hired a lawyer, who has already filed a criminal case,” the Department said in a statement.
Meanwhile, authorities from the Philippine Embassy have also met with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kuwait to seek assistance in expediting the release of the forensic report.