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Digong thumbs down Kuwait deployment ban

Francis Wakefield



Relatives receive the body of Jeanelyn Padernal Villavende, the OFW sexually abused and maltreated by her employers in Kuwait. (DFA)

President Rodrigo Duterte is not keen on ordering a total deployment ban in Kuwait despite the recent death of another overseas Filipino worker.

The President, in a television interview, said the situation is different nowadays compared to the previous years as Kuwaiti authorities act swiftly on such cases and immediately arrest the perpetrators.

The employers of Jeanelyn Padernal Villavende have been arrested and are now facing criminal charges.  Autopsy showed the 26-year-old native of Norala, South Cotabato, suffered sexual abuse and had been repeatedly beaten in the past.

“You know the situation is quite different. The police authorities in Kuwait acted swiftly and they have arrested the spouses,” President Duterte said.  “Kita mo naman, there were arrest made and there is an investigation going on and apparently justice is being done.”

“I’m not really keen on moving people out,” he added.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo earlier said the Palace will await the Department of Labor and Employment’s recommendation regarding the employment ban.

DOLE Secretary Silvestro Bello III previously announced a partial hold on the deployment in Kuwait.

The partial ban, Bello said, was recommended by Labor Attache Nasser Mustafa and is subject to the approval of the governing board of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.

The ban will cover first-time workers who will serve as household service workers in Kuwait and will exclude skilled and vacationing workers.

“This should serve as a clear message to Kuwaiti authorities. The partial ban may ripen into total deployment ban if justice for Jeanelyn Villavende is not met,” Bello said.


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