DOLE accepts Kuwaiti court’s verdict on employers of slain OFW

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has welcomed the conviction by a Kuwaiti court of the former employers of slain overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Joanna Demafelis.

According to DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the death sentence for the former employers of Joanna Demafelis shows the “sincerity and good faith” of the Kuwaiti government in giving justice to Demafelis.

“This is a case of a sweet and swift justice and we do appreciate the effort of the Kuwaiti government,” the secretary said.

Belo also noted that he confirmed the report of the conviction of the suspects with Kuwaiti Ambassador to the Philippines Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh.

“He confirmed the conviction and he confirmed that the penalty imposed was the capital penalty of hanging,” Bello said.

Meanwhile, the labor chief said that the decision to lift the imposed deployment ban in Kuwait is still up to President Duterte’s decision, reiterating what Duterte said in the past.

“The President said we will only consider lifting the deployment ban if they meet two conditions. One, that there’s a signed memorandum of agreement between the Philipines and Kuwait. Second is that Joanna Demafelis is given justice,” Bello pointed out.

To recall, Duterte ordered a total ban on the deployment of workers to the Arab state because of the rampant abusesand the death of Demafelis who was found dead inside a freezer in an abandoned apartment in Kuwait last February of this year.

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