The body of a Filipina domestic worker who was killed in Kuwait, has arrived in her homeland. More than 100 relatives and supporters called for justice upheld for the death of a domestic worker named Joanna Demafelis.
The Demafelis family can only cry when the white coffin containing the 29-year-old domestic worker's body is dropped from a cargo plane arriving in Iloilo, Philippines. The body of Demafelis was found frozen in the refrigerator ( freezer ) of his employer earlier this month. Found signs of strangling marks on Demafelis's body. The Kuwaiti authorities suspect that his body had been kept in the refrigerator for the past year.
"Justice for Joanna D Demafelis," the banners and writes on the crowd shirt that welcomed Demafelis's body, as reported by AFP Saturday (19459009) 17/2/2018). A member of the Philippine parliament and a number of local officials participated in the crowd.
Seeing the body of his daughter arriving, Demafelis's mother, Eva, can only say 'I am sad' when asked by reporters. Aunt Demafelis, Rosela, commented more on reporters
"She did not deserve the treatment that caused her to die, she was beaten," Rosela said, referring to local media reports calling Demafelis dead after being tortured and beaten. "He decided to go abroad because he wanted to help his parents repair the destroyed house by the super hurricane Yolanda (Haiyan)," he added, referring to the typhoon that devastated the Philippines in 2013.
Rosela also calls Demafelis wanting to pay for her sister's college, Joyce , with salaries gained abroad.
Family and relatives ask for justice upheld for death Joanna Demafelis Photos: REUTERS / Erik De Castro
The body of the Demafelis first arrives in Manila on Saturday (17/2) morning. From Manila, the corpse is under Iloilo province by domestic aircraft. Then from the airport, his body will be taken to the home town of Demafelis in Sara, Iloilo. Locals march on the side of the street to drive Demafelis away. The car carrying Demafelis was escorted by dozens of motorcycles and police cars.
The death of Demafelis worsens the diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Kuwait. Especially after President Rodrigo Duterte pointed out that employers in Kuwait often raped Filipino workers, forcing them to work for 21 hours every day and giving them the leftovers.
Duterte also prohibited migrant workers from migrating to Kuwait and ordered airlines to repatriate about 252 thousands of Filipino workers in Kuwait who want to go home for free
About 10 million Filipinos are known to work overseas and the money earned by them becomes the 'savior' of the Philippine economy. But the treatment gained by overseas Filipino workers who are often inhumane, often a political issue in the country.
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