PH sets 2 conditions for lifting of Kuwait deployment ban


Posted at Jan 24 2020 11:00 AM | Updated as of Jan 24 2020 11:13 AM

There were also old healed wounds on Jeanelyn Villavende's body, which indicated that she was "battered weeks prior" to her death, Sec. Guevarra added, citing the NBI's autopsy report. Photo from Jeanelyn Villavende's Facebook page

MANILA - The Philippines will lift its total deployment ban of migrant workers to Kuwait on 2 conditions: the signing of a template contract for Filipino workers and when the Gulf State shows "earnest efforts" to deliver justice to slain household worker Jeanelyn Villavende, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Friday.

Bello said he would receive Friday the official autopsy report conducted by Kuwait's Ministry of Interior on Villavende's remains.

The labor chief initially received a two-sentence report of Kuwait's autopsy saying Villavende died of "physical injuries," prompting Philippine authorities to conduct its own autopsy, which then showed the migrant worker was sexually abused and tortured.

The initial report was done by Kuwait's Ministry of Health, which did not conduct the autopsy, Bello said, citing information from Kuwait Ambassador Ahmad Althwaikh.

"Sa'kin naman, di naman importante kung aling minister, ang gusto ko lang 'yung tamang report," he told radio DZMM.

"Sinabi ko naman noon na 2 kondisyon ang kailangan (para ma-lift ang deployment ban). Hopefully makukuha natin 'yung standard employment contract and hopefully we can also see na merong earnest effort on their part na mabigyan ng katarungan si Jeanelyn."

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Villavende's employers, who are behind the murder, have been detained, while the agency who sent her to Kuwait has been suspended, Bello said.

The country last imposed a total deployment ban to the Gulf state in 2018 after Filipina migrant worker Joanna Demafelis was slain and discovered inside a freezer at an abandoned apartment there. Her employer was found guilty for her slay.