Following the demise of OFW Jeanelyn Villavende, the Filipina maid in Kuwait who was slain by her employer, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that a possible deployment ban of workers to Kuwait will soon arise unless justice is given to the Filipina.
According to ABS-CBN News, authorities in the Philippines are already working in the repatriation of the remains of the OFW into her hometown in Norala, South Cotabato. Her employer is said to be the culprit behind her death of the Filipina.
It can be recalled that President Rodrigo Duterte implemented a total deployment in 2018 following the demise of Joanna Demafelis, the Filipina maid who was placed inside the freezer by her employers who were already convicted of their crimes.
“I’m ready to do that. Ngayon, this is another possibility nahindi remote namagdedeployment ban din kami sa Kuwait unless they can show us namabigyan ng katarunganangatingkababayannasiJeanelyn,” says Bello during an interview.
Earlier, a report was filed at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Kuwait stating that Villavende was “maltreated” by her own employers.
Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs condemned the recent incident involving a Filipina domestic helper, saying that this is a clear violation of the memorandum of understanding which was signed by both the Philippines and Kuwait in 2018.
This agreement lifted the deployment ban because it states that OFWs in Kuwait must be properly cared and protected. Bello already summoned the Kuwaiti ambassador to Manila for a meeting to tackle the incident.