- Fellow OFW disclosed Joanna Demafelis experienced daily physical abuse from her employers
- Demafelis’ family asked the government for help in seeking justice
- Duterte vowed that the ban of Filipino workers to Kuwait will continue
The Filipina worker whose dead body was found inside a freezer in an apartment in Kuwait was physically abused daily by her employers, an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) who refused to be identified disclosed to GMA News.
“‘Yung September na ‘yun nag-usap-usap na kami ng kaibigan ko sa harap nila na tutulungan na namin siyang patakbuhin. Sabi niya ayaw niya kasi takot siya,” the OFW said as she recalls the last time she communicated with Joanna Demafelis in 2016.
[That September, we talked in front of my friend to help her run away. She refused because she was scared.]
Demafelis’ family, as per ABS-CBN News, appealed for the government’s assistance in seeking justice.
They said she’s selfless and kind — she went to Kuwait in 2014 to help her family and support her siblings.
The family had constant communication with her for the first three months which gradually decreased. In 2016, she called to tell her plan of extending her contract for another year.
After the case of Demafelis, along with at least 82 OFWs’ death in 2016 alone, President Rodrigo Duterte promised that the ban of workers to Kuwait will continue.
“What are you doing to my countrymen?” Rappler quoted him as saying. “Is there something with your culture? Is there something wrong with your values?”
“This is a national shame,” he added.
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