Duterte visits Demafelis’ wake, vows for justice

President Rodrigo Duterte has visited the wake of overseas Filipino worker Joanna Demafelis who was recently found dead inside a freezer in an abandoned apartment in Kuwait.

Duterte stayed at the wake at the Demafelis residence in Sara, Iloilo to talk to the members of the family, including the victim’s mother Eva and father Crisanto, whom he vowed justice.

The death of Demafelis has prompted Duterte to impose deployement ban of new hires to Kuwait.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has ordered a probe into the alleged inaction of its attached agencies on Demafelis’ case.
The INTERPOL in Syria has also put up a red notice against employers of Demafelis, a Lebanese man and his Syrian wife.

“So by that time, in the fullness of God’s time, kung mangyari ‘yan mahuli at nademanda, doon pa ako papasok. Until then, we’ll just have to wait and pray that they will be apprehended or arrested,” Duterte said.

Duterte also said the government is in the works of tracking to “find out the places” apart from Kuwait “where we deploy Filipinos and our countrymen suffer brutal treatment and human degradation.”

“Ina-audit pa po because you have to have a list then you have to have the individual cases reported and unreported. That would be a long, long task,” he added.

Demafelis’ remains will be laid to rest at the Sara Public Cemetery on March 3.

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