Filipino people all across the world have been shaken with yet devastating news again of a Filipina worker slain in Kuwait.
Jeanalyn Villavende, a domestic worker in Kuwait from South Cotabato was believed to have been killed by her own employer.
According to the initial investigation, the Filipina has a fractured head. Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said that Jeanalyn was hit by a hard object in the head. She was also badly beaten, was black and blue, and was already dead when brought to the hospital. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that he has Filipina nurses who work in the hospital that can verify that.
“Meron akong partial report from our labor attaché na ‘yung ating kababayan na si Jeanalyn [Villavende] ay talagang bugbog sarado. Black and blue daw. ‘Yun ang report ng mga nurses na nag-attend sa kanya,” Bello stated when interviewed by CNN Philippines.
Moreover, the family said that they have last called Jeanalyn on December 13, 2019, but they were answered by her female employer and claimed that Jeanalyn was busy. It was considered that Jeanalyn was already detained that day.
Subject for suspension
In further investigation, it was found out that Jeanalyn had asked for help and repatriation from her local recruitment agency as early as September 2019 but have not taken action to her plea.
“We will also ask Villavende’s recruitment agency to explain their inaction,” said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.
The recruitment agency has been suspended this January 2, 2020, according to the statement of POEA Administrator Undersecretary Bernard Olalia.
“Nakipag-ugnayan na po. Actually nakipagpulong pa nga po sa akin kahapon (Friday) kasi po pinatawag natin matapos ng insidenteng ito. Isa po siyang licensed recruitment agency, pero po noong January 2 sinuspinde ko na ito,” he said.