In a recent press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque disclosed that the Department of Labor and Employment is currently contemplating a ban on the deployment of Filipino workers to certain countries.
This, following the death of Joanna Demafelis, an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Kuwait, whose body was found in a freezer in January this year.
“Ang desisyon ng Presidente, huwag muna magpadala ng ating mga kababayan sa Kuwait hanggang ‘di pa po nabibigyan ng katarungan si Joanna,” Roque said.
The Presidential Spokesperson noted that the government will not lift the deployment ban in Kuwait until justice has been served for Demafelis and that the DOLE is also considering a similar ban in other countries.
“Pinag-aaralan na rin po ng Department of Labor [and Employment] kung may iba pang bansa na dapat itigil ang deployment ng ating mga mamamayan,” Roque furthered.
Meanwhile, the case of Demafelis remains unsolved, but her employers in Kuwait, who are now considered as the main suspects in her mysterious death, have been arrested by the Kuwaiti police through the help of the International Criminal Police Organization. Her two recruiters, on the other hand, have surrendered to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
“Tuluy-tuloy naman po ang proseso ng pagkamit ng katarungan, pero sa panandalian po, wala pa tayong deployment sa Kuwait,” Roque affirmed.