Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) yesterday said he will hold those accountable for the death of an overseas Filipino worker from his district.
Josie Perez Lloren, 40, of Murcia, Negros Occidental, died at a Caloocan hospital on February 9, two weeks after her return from Kuwait.
Greg Perez, brother of Lloren, said his sister who had worked in Kuwait for about two years was maltreated by her employer and was gravely ill on her return to the Philippine and could nolonger speak.
She was unable to tell them what happened to her in Kuwait, Perez said.
“I will hold those accountable to answer for this injustice,” Benitez said.*
Meanwhile,the Department of Labor and Employment is working with other government agencies to locate the recruiter of Joanna Demafelis who was found dead in a freezer in Kuwait.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, however, refused to divulge the identity of the recruiter, DOLE spokesperson Raul Francia said yesterday.
“Yes, the recruiter has been identified, but the Secretary would not make public the identity so as not to disrupt the operation to get the recruiter,” Francia said.
He said the agency has requested the National Bureau of Investigation to look for the recruiter and file appropriate criminal charges.
“The interagency anti-illegal recruitment task force is also hot on the trail of the recruiter,” he added.
Demafelis' body was found inside a freezer in an abandoned apartment in Kuwait on February 8.
Her case prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to impose a deployment ban of Filipino workers, particularly new hires, to the Arab state.*CPG/PNA
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