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Conviction of Demafelis employers ‘a big step’ towards justice, says Binay

/ 05:17 PM April 02, 2018
Senator Nancy Binay. INQUIRER.net / CATHY MIRANDA

Senator Nancy Binay. INQUIRER.net / CATHY MIRANDA

The conviction of the employers of Joanna Demafalis was a big step towards the delivery of justice, Senator Nancy Binay said Monday as she urged the Philippine government to strengthen ties with countries where Filipinos work.

“Though Joanna’s life can never be justifiably compensated, the reported conviction of her employers is a big step towards the delivery of justice,” Binay said in a statement.

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“Government must further strengthen the relationships that we have with the host countries (where) our overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) work,” she added.

The senator also stressed that OFWs “should be treated with respect and viewed as a partner in building the economies of their host countries, and not as second-class persons.”

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A Kuwaiti court on Sunday sentenced a Lebanese man and his Syrian wife to death by hanging for killing 29-year-old Demafelis, whose body was found in a freezer in Kuwait last February.

READ: Kuwait court sentences couple to death for Demafelis murder

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III had announced the total deployment ban of workers to Kuwait following the discovery of Demafelis’ body inside the freezer of her employers’ abandoned apartment.

READ: Total deployment ban to Kuwait ‘still holds’ – Palace exec

On Monday, Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the ban “still holds” until an agreement that would ensure protection of OFWs be signed by Kuwait and the Philippines. /je

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