- President Duterte commiserated with the grieving family of the OFW slain in Kuwait
- The President gave financial assistance to the Demafelis family
- He criticized Kuwait for its failure to protect migrant workers
President Rodrigo Duterte personally visited the wake of Joanna Demafelis, the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) whose remains were discovered in a freezer inside an abandoned apartment in Kuwait, to commiserate with the bereaved family on Thursday, February 22.
As per Radyo Inquirer, the President gave financial support and other forms of assistance from different government agencies to the Demafelis family and vowed justice for the slain Filipina worker. He reiterated his criticism against the Kuwaiti government for its failure to protect migrant workers from abusive employers.
Aside from cash assistance, the grieving family received cellphones from the President so that they could send words to concerned government agencies about other assistance they need.
The President ordered to make a full audit on all OFWs, especially those who were victims of violence. He directed Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello and Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano to ensure that OFWs who experienced abuses would be accorded sufficient assistance.
The Interpol has launched an international manhunt against Joanna Demafelis’ Lebanese employer and his Syrian wife.