PH seeks better treatment of workers in Kuwait

PH seeks better treatment of workers in Kuwait

"They will do everything to bring the accused to justice and her death will also be a rallying point for all government agencies to be more aggressive overseas", said Cayetano in a mix of English and Filipino.

An emotional Duterte live on television showed graphic photos of the body of a Filipina found in the freezer of an abandoned apartment in Kuwait and made a plea to Gulf states to treat his countrymen with dignity.

Cayetano said the Philippine and the Kuwaiti governments are digging deeper to solve the mysterious death of Demafelis.

Bello said the government will take back any distressed Filipino workers from Kuwait.

Authorities will not leave any stone unturned in Demafelis' death.

Joanna's employers, a Lebanese man and his Syrian wife, disappeared in 2016. He said the Philippines lodged a protest over the case and at least six other recent deaths, mostly of Filipino housemaids, in Kuwait and asked that the Philippine embassy be given access to investigations by Kuwaiti authorities. We have had very, very good relations with them.

PH seeks better treatment of workers in Kuwait

A lot of them are domestic helpers.

Meanwhile, Villa was called to the Kuwait Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday to explain the diplomatic protest handed by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs to the Kuwait Ambassador to the Philippines strongly condemning the abuses committed against some Filipino nationals in Kuwait followed by the strong statement of President Duterte.

"Despite the offer to repatriate, to pay for their tickets, many chose to stay because there is no employment or less employment possibilities or they'll earn much less money in the Philippines", Mr Cayetano said.

However, the ban does not include: workers who are vacationing in the Philippines and will be returning to the same employer to finish their contracts, at the end of his/ her vacation; Balik Manggagawa workers who are returning to Kuwait on a new contract with the same employer; and Seafarers who will be transiting through or boarding in Kuwait to join their principals.

Some 10 million Filipinos work overseas and the money they remit back is a lifeline of the Philippine economy.

Mr Duterte said 82 Filipino workers died in Kuwait in 2016 and that number rose to 103 past year, though he did not specify the causes.

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