A total and permanent ban
This week, that argument was bolstered by the revelation that Kuwait authorities had sent a “fake and dishonest” autopsy result for Jeanalyn Villavende, 26, who died at the hands of her Kuwaiti employers in December 2019. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III called for a permanent deployment ban of Filipino migrant workers after Kuwaiti forensic doctors sent a two-sentence report of the autopsy that concluded that the Filipina worker died of “physical injuries.” Bello, who visited Villavende’s wake in Norala town, South Cotabato, said he ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct its own autopsy, because he found the report sent by the Kuwaiti government to be made up of lies and “worthless.” Because of this, Bello said he would recommend to the governing board of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to impose a deployment ban of household service workers to Kuwait. “We will send nobody there. These Kuwaitis are worthless. Look at what they did to our fellow Filipino,” Bello said in Filipino. “We will not allow injustice [to] done to our [workers.] We will see to it that the culprits will answer for their crimes.” Making matters worse, the NBI autopsy report said there were signs that Villavende was sexually violated before she was killed.