DFA files criminal case for the death of Filipina maid in Kuwait

Ma. Constancia Lago Dayag | Photo from PLN

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has filed a criminal case in Kuwait over the killing of an abused overseas Filipino worker (OFW).

In a statement, the DFA said they have coordinated with the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait in investigating the death of a Filipina migrant worker Ma. Constancia Lago Dayag.

“The DFA, through the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait, has hired a lawyer, who has already filed a criminal case. The Department will continue to provide legal and other assistance to the next-of-kin of the late OFW Dayag,” DFA said.

Dayag who died last week after suffering hematoma and concussions and was reported to have also been sexually assaulted.

 Department of Foreign Affairs | Photo from RMN

While the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III vowed to seek justice for Dayag.

"Her body bore various contusions and hematoma, with a ‘cucumber’ inside her private part," Bello said.

"I am taking the Kuwaiti government to task for the gruesome death of yet another Filipino worker in the hands of her employer in Kuwait," he said.

"Aside from apparent violation of the agreement on the protection of OFWs between our government and Kuwait, there appears to have been a breach of the employment contract by the foreign employer."
DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III | Photo from Kuwait Page
The Philippine government last year has ordered a ban on the deployment of Filipino migrants to Kuwait following the reported deaths and abuses, including the recent case of Joanna Demafelis, whose body was found in a freezer.

President Rodrigo Duterte even threatened to pull out the OFWs should the incidents continue.

The deployment ban was lifted after the two countries Philippines and Kuwait signed an agreement for the better protection of Filipino migrant workers in the Gulf state.


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Source:  inquirer.net

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