By Mario Casayuran
Senator Emmanuel D. Pacquiao has fulfilled his promise to help the family of Joanna Demafelis redeem the land mortgaged when she was still applying for work in Kuwait.
This came after Joanna”s parents, Crisanto and Eva Demafelis, dropped by Pacquiao’s Senate office last Wednesday to get the check worth P380,000, the amount needed to redeem the three-hectare rice land mortgaged by the family in Iloilo.
The Demafelis family was accompanied by Hans Leo J. Cacdac, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) administrator.
A press statement from Pacquiao’s office quoted the Demafelis couple as saying that no words could aptly describe how thankful they are for the boxing icon’s financial help.
Pacquiao had filed a resolution asking the Senate to investigate the recent deaths of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), particularly those deployed in the Middle East.
OFWs have been hailed as the modern-day heroes by contributing significantly to the national economy.
The body of Joanna, a domestic worker, was found inside a freezer in an abandoned apartment in Al Shaab district of Kuwait last February 9, about a year after she was declared missing.
The suspects, Demafelis’ Lebanese employer Shariff Faswat Abdoh Ghabriel and his Syrian wife, were already captured.
The Kuwaiti government is negotiating for the repatriation of Ghabriel couple back to Kuwait so they can be held responsible for the crime they committed.
Four years ago, Joanna left her hometown in Iloilo in search for the proverbial greener pasture abroad.