Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. instructed the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait to stop the paying of the P7.5 million ‘blood money’ to the family of the Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) Jeanelyn Villavende, the Filipino who passed away in the hands of her employer.
According to the Twitter post, Locsin was dismayed by the incident involving the tragic passing of the Filipina domestic helper. He also wants to make sure that the death penalty to the perpetrators will be handled accordingly.
“Lomondot to report in writing the shenanigans going on there and what he’s done about it, what he’s done to stop it. We had this; he lost it; he’s gotta get it back. All trips to Middle East for photo ops and palabas stopped. Travel money needed to match blood money,” says Locsin.
“Malacañang is on to this ignominy. There must be hell to pay if anyone on our side shows ambivalence and a lack of total commitment. This is unforgivable,” Locsin added.
In the Twitter post, the Foreign Affairs secretary even posted the photo of Villavende when she passed away.
It can be recalled that last December, the Kuwait court handed the highest penalty to the female employer of the OFW who took away the life of the Filipina. She was sentenced to death by hanging by the Kuwaiti court.
Investigation revealed that Villavende’s employer imprisoned the Filipina and made her suffer so much until she passed away in 2019.
According to the autopsy which was conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation, aside from the physical trauma, Villavende was also sexually abused.
Meanwhile, the court only handed four year of imprisonment to the male employer of the Filipina.
Previously, President Rodrigo Duterte also demanded a death penalty on the perpetrators of Villavende.
Source GMA News