JANUARY 24, 2020 — The Philippines will reject any offer of blood money from a Kuwaiti couple as compensation for the torture and murder of Filipina worker Jeanelyn Villavende in tiny oil-rich kingdom, the foreign secretary said on Friday.
Teodoro Locsin, Jr. said he will renew his call to impose capital punishment on the employers of a Filipina domestic worker, believed to be responsible for her death.
THERE WILL BE BLOOD @DFAPHL for Jeanelyn Villavende. I renounce & reject any offer of blood money for her torture/murder. I want two lives for the life they took. The top-notch lawyer hired by DFA to prosecute is not authorized to suggest or accept blood money from her killers.
— Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) January 24, 2020
“There will be blood for Jeanelyn Villavende. I renounce and reject any offer of blood money for her torture/muder,” Locsin said on his Twitter account.
Locsin also revealed that a “top-notch lawyer” has been hired to work on the prosecution of the culprits behind Villavende’s gruesome death.
He also deemed any improvement in Kuwait’s labor standards as an unacceptable compensation for the incident.
If I catch anyone in @DFA making that suggestion they’re fired. I will not accept an improvement in Kuwait’s labor standards either. All I care about is blood for blood. Meanwhile I will post her autopsy photos in the halls of DFA. https://t.co/apYxvrBJ4X
— Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) January 24, 2020
“All I care about is blood for blood. Meanwhile, I will post her autopsy photos in the halls of DFA,” he added.
Malacañang has earlier revealed that a re-autopsy by the National Bureau of Investigation found that Villavende had been abused and sodomized.
The re-autopsy’s results were in contrary to the findings in the general autopsy submitted by the Kuwaiti government which said her death had been caused by trauma and bruises all over her body.
The former journalist-turned politician said he has already previously asked the Kuwaiti Ambassador to the Philippines, Musaed Salem Al Althwaikh, to help bring to justice the death of Villavende in his home country.
“An eye for an eye, a life for a life,” Locsin said in a tweet.
He also vowed to go after the Filipino recruiters and government officials who had placed the Filipino’s life in danger, voicing his frustration on Kuwait’s slow justice system. (Nicole Dacanay/MM)
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