DFA files criminal case for death of OFW in Kuwait
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has filed a criminal case in Kuwait for the death of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW).
The DFA said on Tuesday they have coordinated with the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait for the case of the slain OFW identified as Ma. Constancia Lago Dayag.
“The DFA, through the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait, has hired a lawyer, who has already filed a criminal case. The Department will continue to provide legal and other assistance to the next-of-kin of the late OFW Dayag,” DFA said in a statement, without specifying who the respondents are in the case.
DFA said Embassy Charge d’Affaires Mohd. Noordin Pendosina N. Lomondot has met with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kuwait for the forensic report on the Filipina’s death.
A cucumber was reportedly found inside Dayag’s private parts when she was rushed to the Al Sabah Hospital last May 14. She was, however, declared dead on arrival.
“Her body bore various contusions and hematoma, with a ‘cucumber’ inside her private part,” said Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) secretary Silvestre Bello III.
The labor chief said he is “taking the Kuwaiti Government to task for the gruesome death of yet another Filipino worker in the hands of her employer in Kuwait,” and asked the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration “to go after the foreign and local agencies” that deployed the Filipina to Kuwait.
DFA said they will shoulder the repatriation of Dayag’s remains to her hometown in Cauayan, Isabela. But it has yet to set a date for the repatriation.
INQUIRER.net has contacted the DFA for further details on the criminal case. (Editor: Eden Estopace)
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