Diana Jill Rivera, one of two Filipina members of the household staff of Libya’s ousted leader Muammad Gadaffi, is now doing volunteer relief work for Bulacan flood victims as she and her co-worker in the Gadaffi household, Mary Ann Ducos, are waiting to start work at a hotel in Cebu City.
The older sister, Jennifer, said in a telephone interview that Diana Jill has been volunteering at the Blas F. Ople Policy Center since their return to the country and has since been reunited with her 5-year old son, Jaylord, and the Rivera family, who originally hail from Manjuyod, Negros Oriental.
Rivera, 30, and Mary Ann Ducos returned to the Philippines on Sept. 24 after being rescued by Philippines Labor Attaché Nasser Mustafa and members of his team.
The two were working for a nephew of the deposed Libyan leader at a measly monthly wage of $200 and were staying in one of the luxurious farmhouses of Gaddafi in Tripoli before their escape. They claimed that their employer withheld them despite their repeated pleadings.
Both left Libya without any personal belongings and are set to begin all over again at home, with jobs awaiting them at the Days Hotel in Cebu, Jennifer said.
Media reports had initially said Diana Jill Rivera was from Dumaguete, but Jennifer said their family comes from Manjuyod, although most of the children have migrated elsewhere.
Jennifer said Diana and Mary Ann Ducos will leave for Cebu on Wednesday and may start work at the Days Hotel later this week, at jobs arranged by the Blas F. Ople Policy Center.*JFP
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