Remains of Filipina domestic helper killed in Kuwait arrive in hometown

Marje Pelayo

MANILA, Philippines — Family and friends of Jeanalyn Villavende were both sad and furious as they welcomed the remains of the slain Filipina domestic worker at the General Santos Airport on Thursday (January 8).

Villavende, who was abused and killed by her employer in Kuwait, was immediately flown to her hometown at Norala, South Cotabato.

With placards in hand, her family, relatives and friends united to express their anger as they called for justice for what happened to 26-year-old Jeanelyn.

“Gusto kong mangyari sa employer ni Jeanelyn yung nangyari din sa kanya,” lamented Jeanelyn’s stepmother, Nelly Pardenal.

(I want them to suffer what Jeanelyn had suffered.)

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) immediately conducted a re-autopsy on Jeanelyn’s body to determine the true cause of her death.

Investigations in Kuwait said Jeanelyn died of heart or respiratory failure due to shock after she suffered multiple injuries.

“Hindi namin alam kasi nireport sa amin na patay na talaga doon sa ospital,” said Pardenal, “Patay na siguro talaga, doon pa lang galing sa bahay nila.”

The result of the autopsy is expected to be released soon while her parents expressed confidence that they will get justice for what happened to the Pinay worker.

“Naniniwala ako kasi inaayos naman nila. Tumutulong naman sila para mabigyan ng hustisy ang kamatayan ni Jeanelyn,” Pardenal believed.

(I’m keeping my faith because they are helping to resolve the case and give justice to Jeanelyn’s death.)

Her family expressed gratitude to the assistance the government has offered for the immediate repatriation of Villavende’s remains.

Meanwhile, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III is expected to visit Jeanalyn’s wake on Friday (January 10). — MNP (with report from Correspondent Janice Ingente)

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