The family of Jenny Reyes, a Filipina domestic helper who allegedly took her own life in Saudi Arabia, is seeking justice as they doubt that she did that as claimed by her employer.
John Paul Reyes, Jenny’s husband, said that he believes his wife was already dead when she fell from the seventh floor of her employer’s flat last May 28.
“Feeling po namin patay na po siya, hinulog po siya dun kasi sabi ng mga kalapit kwarto niya dun may naamoy na daw po sila sa labas ng bahay na may kakaiba daw po,” Reyes told GMA News.
His suspicion became stronger because of his last conversation with his wife, when it seemed like she wanted to tell him about an urgent matter but was held back by circumstances.
Susan Ople, who heads the pro-OFW group Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Training Institute, questioned the claim that Jenny jumped to her death, as the OFW had only been working in Saudi Arabia for two weeks and had never shown any problems before.
With the help of the Blas F. Ople Policy and Training Institute, the OFW’s family is calling for the arrest of her employer, identified as Mona Ali Sadek based on the records of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has ordered the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh to conduct its own investigation into Jenny’s death.
DFA said in a statement: “Embassy lawyers are now investigating the case with police and forensic investigators and looking into all angles of the case.”