Remains of Filipino worker murdered in Kuwait back in PH

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – The remains of the Filipino household service worker who was allegedly killed by her employer in Kuwait have arrived in the Philippines.

The plane carrying Jeanelyn Villavende’s body landed around 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Her remains are set to be flown to General Santos City and from there will be transported to her hometown in South Cotabato.

Death certificate released by a Kuwaiti hospital revealed that Villavende died due to shock and multiple injuries in the vascular nervous system.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) earlier said Villavende might have been beaten to death purportedly by her employer based on the autopsy report they received from Kuwaiti authorities.

The Kuwaiti employer has since been detained by authorities and awaiting the charges to be filed against them.

The National Bureau of Investigation is set to conduct its own autopsy on Villavende’s body.

Prior to the arrival of her remains in Manila, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., met with Villavende’s bereaved family.

Locsin assured the family that the government will provide them legal and other forms of assistance, including a P100,000 financial assistance, until the perpetrators are brought to justice.

He also said a criminal lawyer in Kuwait has been commissioned to handle Villavende’s case. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Aiko MIguel)

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