Reports of overseas Filipino workers committing suicide have been circulating news media recently. And on July 12, another OFW in Kuwait, Kamish Nacasi has reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself. However, her father, Percival Nacasi, believe otherwise.
Percival refused to believe that his daughter will commit suicide in Kuwait where she worked for two years and suspects foul play behind daughter’s death. He asked support from Philippine overseas authorities to investigate his daughter’s case.
“Hiling namin ay magkaroon naman ng katarungan ang pagkamatay ng anak ko. Magkaroon sana ng fair investigation para magkaroon ng kaluwagan sa puso namin — na matahimik na rin kami. Kung sakaling may foul play, sana aksyonan ng ating gobyerno. Hindi kami naniniwalang magpapakamatay ang anak ko,” Percival said.
Kamish flew to Kuwait on December 24, 2016, to work as a babysitter. Her contract had ended in December 2018, but, her employer asked her to extend while they wait for her replacement.
Percival said that her daughter agreed to it, though he sensed that she wanted to go home.
“Sa nakikita ko sa sitwasyon niya, napapapayag lang din siya kasi wala rin siyang magawa doon,” he said
And on March 2019, supposedly Kamish’ schedule to go home, her employer told her that her passport was missing. She reported the incident to the Philippine embassy and filed an affidavit of loss. She was told that they will issue a new passport on July 22.
Percival mentioned that her last call with Kamish was on July 5 and the latter hasn’t mentioned anything and said that she has no problem with her employer, Jassim Mohammad Ahmad Bandar.
“Ang last video call namin ay July 5 at wala naman siyang nabanggit sa akin na problema kahit sa ate niya, ‘yong kuya niya, o sa tita nila. After that, ang chat kasi ng ate niya at sa mga pinsan niya ay constant naman, wala naman, casual ‘yong kanilang conversation. Wala siyang binabanggit na kung ano tapos all of the sudden after noong July 12, tsina-chat siya, wala nang reply, samantalang palagi naman naka-online ‘yan,” he added.
Report of death
An on July 19, they were shocked when another Filipina contacted them and informed them about Kamish’ death.
“Paanong nangyari? Ang sabi ay lumakad daw ‘yong amo niya at itong kasambahay na tumawag ay isinama noong amo ni Kim (Kamish) at siya ay iniwan mag-isa doon sa building. Ang pinagtataka ko, bakit naman siya iiwanan at ‘yon ang isasama samantalang siya naman ang nag-aalaga sa mga anak ng amo niya? Pupuwede ba hiramin ang kasambahay ng ibang employer?” he asked.
Added that the Filipina refused to give additional details when asked her about Kamish death. That to him, the Filipina was scared to be linked to his daughter’s death.
He had also asked the employer but failed to get information due to the language barrier.
Impossible to commit suicide
Percival added that it’s impossible that her daughter will commit suicide as she has two children to support. Said that Kamish had only gone in Kuwait to give her children a better future, so why will she end her life?
“Tinitingnan ko ang anggulo kung bakit siya magpapakamatay. Pumunta lang ‘yan doon para maghanapbuhay, para mabigyan ng magandang kinabukasan ang mga anak niya. Hindi mo maaalis sa akin na maghinala na mayroong foul play sa pagkamatay niya. Kilala ko ‘yong anak ko, hindi siya magpapakamatay,” he said.
In the end, Percival encourages the Philippine government to be firm in protecting Filipinos working abroad.
“Sana mabuksan ‘yong kaisipan ng gobyerno na protektahan ang OFW na nagpapakahirap para mabigyan ng magandang kinabukasan ang kanilang mga pamilya. Sana wala ng madagdag. Pinakahuli na sana ‘yong anak ko,” Percival said.