(JANUARY 15, 2020) – The Philippines on Wednesday banned the total deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait after another Filipino domestic worker was murdered in the tiny oil-rich Arab kingdom.
The Philippines Overseas Employment Administration has approved a resolution affirming the deployment ban as Kuwait violated an agreement with the Philippines on workers protection.
Another Filipino household helper, Jeanalyn Villavende, was tortured and beaten to death by her employers. There were indications she also suffered sexual abuse from her employers, a report from the National Bureau of Investigation showed.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra backed the ban in an earlier press conference and called on OFWs to work elsewhere.
“If (Kuwait does not) comply with their undertakings or responsibilities, in my opinion, hindi lang Kuwait ang pwede niyong puntahan. Why go to a country where you are abused or disrespected?” he said on Wednesday.
Guevarra said the sexual abuse was not stated in the autopsy report of Kuwaiti authorities.
Villavende’s remains were returned to the country a week ago.
The same ban was issued against Kuwait in February 2018, after another Filipino, Joanna Demafelis, was found dead inside a freezer.
The ban was lifted after three months as both countries agreed to protect overseas Filipino workers.
Around 260,000 Filipinos are currently housed by Kuwait. (Randell Ritumalta/MM)