DFA: Kuwaiti authorities, Interpol tracking employers of Pinay found in freezer

Michael Delizo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 11 2018 08:59 PM | Updated as of Feb 11 2018 10:56 PM

MANILA - Authorities in Kuwait are coordinating with Interpol in tracking the employers of the Filipina worker whose body was found in a freezer, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

A Lebanese man and his Syrian wife, the employers of 29-year-old OFW Joanna Daniela Demafelis, reportedly went to Lebanon in 2016, the year the kin of the Iloilo native last heard from their loved one.

Lawyer Raul Dado, executive director of the DFA's Office of Migrant Workers, said the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait on Sunday is also coordinating with local police in pursuing a probe into the crime.

The Philippine's legal team has already filed a homicide case against the employers of the Filipina, who was allegedly physically abused before her body was found in the abandoned apartment.

"Ang sa amin is to keep pushing with this until we see prosecution," Dado told ABS-CBN News, assuring that the government is working non-stop on the case. 

Meanwhile, a rapid augmentation team of the Philippine government is scheduled to fly to Kuwait on Monday to fast-track the repatriation of the distressed OFWs in the Gulf country. 

The Office of Migrant Workers said this is in response to President Rodrigo Duterte's order to repatriate the Filipino workers as a total deployment ban in Kuwait looms. 

Official numbers show there are around 2,500 undocumented Filipinos in Kuwait, who have registered with the repatriation program. But only 800 were cleared by Immigration authorities. 

The Philippine government vowed to help the remaining undocumented Filipinos in Kuwait to process their papers so they can fly back home.