Recently, the Filipino people had been shocked by the news of domestic helper being killed again by own employer in Kuwait. This news enraged Filipinos and the Philippine government, the reason for them to issue a temporary ban for new domestic workers in Kuwait. And this horrible incident had not missed the attention of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Following the incident, President Duterte highly condemns illegal recruiters of Filipino workers abroad who would selfishly do anything to gain money, even at the expense of the Filipinos safety. In his statement during the 60th anniversary of Cor Jesu College, President Duterte said that he really wanted to kill those illegal recruiters.
“I really want to kill [these illegal] recruiters who seize every problem to convince people to go to the Middle East. But when the recruit arrives in the Middle East, the problem develops or they are being sold to questionable Arab families,” President Duterte said in a speech at the 60th anniversary of Cor Jesu College, which he attended in the 1960s.
“There are Filipina girls who went there who cannot be accounted for anymore…. They said if you fail to find them, they had been sold to the slave market in Africa. And I just cannot imagine for the life of me to think that a Filipina is being made a slave and being raped every day,” he said.
In the report, Jeanalyn Villavende suffered severe beating from her employer, which lead to her death. It is also said that she has been asking for help from her agency. She had asked for repatriation many times before the horrible incident but was ignored. The agency was suspended for not able to explain Jeanalyn’s situation.