By Leslie Ann Aquino
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Wednesday said the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has approved a resolution imposing a total ban on the deployment of workers to Kuwait.
It said the total ban was made on recommendation of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III. This comes following the recent death of overseas Filipino worker Jeanelyn Villavende in Kuwait.
Earlier, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) condemned the Villavende autopsy report submitted by the Kuwaiti government to the Philippines for allegedly being “fake.”
TUCP President Raymond Mendoza slammed the report for supposedly attempting to whitewash the brutal murder of Villavende allegedly at the hands of her employer.
The group cited the discovery of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) that the cause of Jeanelyn’s death was not merely due to physical injuries as indicated in the Kuwaiti official autopsy report, but due to grave injuries and brutal sexual abuse.
Earlier, DOLE asked the NBI to conduct a re-autopsy on Villavende’s remains to verify the Kuwaiti report. Villavende’s remains arrived in Manila in a closed casket on Jan. 8.