Senator Cynthia Villar yesterday urged the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Labor and Employment to enhance welfare protection for overseas Filipino workers especially domestic workers, citing the case of Joramie Garcia Torres who was scalded with boiling oil and beaten up by her Malaysian employer.
Villar asked the DFA to extend legal and humanitarian assistance to Torres as she attends court hearings and pursues a criminal case against her employer in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
“We all should be proud and supportive of Joramie because she is intent on seeking justice under Malaysian law. While she cooperates with the Malaysian government, I hope that the DFA and DoLE can also assist her indigent family,”Villar said.
The senator noted that Torres was a grade school teacher prior to applying to work abroad as a domestic worker in Malaysia.