The bodies of a Filipina housekeeper found in a refrigerator in an empty apartment in Kuwait were flown to her bereaved family home on Friday, while attention focused on the fate of millions of poor Filipinos working abroad. 19659002] When Joanna Daniela Demafelis's body was taken down from the plane and taken to a cargo building in Manila, her sister cried and hugged the coffin before she was withdrawn and comforted. An older brother also wept quietly, silent and burdened by emotion.
The Demafelis corpse was found recently in an apartment in Kuwait City that is said to have been abandoned for more than a year. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says that his body shows signs of torture and there are indications that he was strangled.
The death of the Demafelis was the last foreign tragedy that struck a worker from the Philippines, the main labor exporting country with about a tenth of its 100 million people working abroad.
The migrant workers have been dubbed the heroes of the country because of the revenue they send coming home has sustained the Philippine economy for decades, accounting for about 10 percent of annual gross domestic product. [lt]