DFA chief says 'blood money' from OFW's killers not acceptable

Gabriel Agcaoili, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 25 2020 01:40 AM

MANILA - Foreign Affairs chief Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Friday said he will reject any offer of "blood money" or settlement from the killers of Filipina household worker Jeanelyn Villavende, who was slain in Kuwait in 2019.

"THERE WILL BE BLOOD @DFAPHL for Jeanelyn Villavende. I renounce & reject any offer of blood money for her torture/murder. I want two lives for the life they took," he tweeted Friday.

He said the Kuwaiti lawyer they hired to seek justice for the slain OFW "is not authorized to suggest or accept blood money from her killers."

An investigation is underway on Villavende's death. Her employers who are allegedly behind the murder have been detained, while the agency that sent her to Kuwait has been suspended, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Friday. 

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier approved the labor department’s call for a total ban on the deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait following the death of Villavende.

Bello said 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 Villavende.

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.