Senate probes abuses vs. OFWs in Kuwait
The Senate Committee on Labor is conducting an investigation into the death of Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) Joanna Daniela Demafelis in Kuwait.
Labor officials told lawmakers that in the last three years, 196 deaths involving OFWs were recorded in the gulf state.
79 percent of the figure are due to medical ailments, 11 percent are due to alleged suicides and 7 percent are allegedly due to accidents.
11 percent of alleged suicides represent 22 actual cases.
This percentage increased last year.
Lawmakers were dismayed as to why Philippine labor officials did not swiftly act to help distressed OFWs.
A certain Adrian Briones reportedly owns the Mount Carmel recruitment agency that hired Demafelis.
Demafelis' body was found inside a freezer in an abandoned apartment in Kuwait last February 6.
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III admitted to the senators that no immediate action was taken by Philippine labor officials in Kuwait following the disappearance of Demafelis in 2017.