- The family of OFW found dead in Kuwait is appealing to the government for help in seeking justice
- The father said they want their daughter’s body flown back to the country
- Authorities in Kuwait are now hunting the victim’s employers after being tagged as the main suspect in her death
MANILA, Philippines – The family of slain Filipina domestic worker whose body was discovered in a freezer in Kuwait wants justice for their daughter whom they described as ‘selfless and kind’.
On Friday, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III confirmed that the body found in the freezer of an abandoned apartment belongs to Joanna Daniela Demafelis (corrected from ‘Dimapilis’ in early report), an OFW from Sara, Iloilo.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Demafelis’ mother, Eva, appealed to the Philippine government for help in seeking justice for her murdered daughter.
“Nagpanawagan ako sa gobyerno nga buligan kami hatagan sang hustisya ang akon bata (I am appealing to the government to help us in seeking justice for my daughter’s death),” the distraught mother said.
The OFW’s father, Crisanto, said he regretted now allowing his daughter to work abroad and only wants her remains flown back to their home.
In a separate interview with CNN Philippines, Joanna’s sister, Joyce, said the victim never told them she was being mistreated by her employer.
Joyce narrated they were only able to speak to her sister three times in a year since the latter went to work in Kuwait in 2014. The victim also managed to send them money only three times every year.
However, Joyce added she suspected something was wrong whenever Joanna called them because she sensed fear in her voice, as if she is being guarded and watched while talking over the phone.
Meanwhile, authorities in Kuwait are now looking for Joanna’s employer who fled the country in 2016 after being evicted at the apartment where the OFW’s body was found a few days ago.
The body is believed to have been kept in the freezer for about a year before it was discovered recently. Investigation also revealed Joanna had gone missing before the Lebanese man and his Syrian wife left Kuwait.
The victim’s employers are now being considered as the main suspect in the gruesome crime.