Philippines demands swift action from Kuwait over death of another OFW


The death of another Filipino domestic helper in Kuwait at the hands of her employer has prompted the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to summon the Kuwaiti ambassador to the Philippines to express the government’s outrage, and to press the Kuwaiti government for a complete transparency in the investigation of the case.

The Philippine government also called for the swift prosecution of the perpetrators to the fullest extent of the law.

“The Philippine Embassy in Kuwait is coordinating closely with Kuwaiti authorities to ensure that justice will be served,” the DFA, who strongly condemned the killing, said in a statement late Monday, December 30.

“The DFA has summoned the Kuwaiti Ambassador in Manila to express the government’s outrage over the seeming lack of protection of our domestic workers at the hands of their employers,” it added.

In February 2018, the Philippines imposed a total deployment ban on Kuwait after authorities found the body of domestic helper Joanna Demafelis inside a freezer. She was killed by her employers.

The ban was lifted three months later after Manila and Kuwait signed an agreement on the protection of overseas Filipino workers.

The employer of Demafilis was later found guilty of murder.

In May 2018, another overseas Filipino worker died in the hands of her employer.

Ma.Constancia Dayag, 47, was reportedly found covered in bruises and with a “cucumber” inside her private part. She was rushed to the Al Sabah Hospital in Kuwait but was declared dead on arrival.

“The continuing incidents of violence and abuse of Filipino domestic workers in Kuwait violates the spirit of the agreement signed in May 2018 that seeks to promote and protect their welfare,” the DFA went on. (Source: