By Junex Doronio
MANILA – Despite the harrowing experience of a 35-year-old domestic helper in Kuwait who was reportedly raped and burned alive, Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Susan “Toots” Ople has thumbed down the declaration of a deployment ban to the oil-rich state.
On Wednesday, January 25, DMW Undersecretary Hans Leo Cacdac disclosed that the department is looking into the possible liability of the recruitment agency of the 35-year-old overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who was brutally killed in Kuwait.
Ople identified the victim as Jullebee Ranara, 35, a mother of four, and based on the initial report, the suspect was identified as the 17-year-old son of Ranara’s employer.
“‘Yan ay tinitignan din ngayon ni Undersecretary Bernard Olalia [Undersecretary Bernard Olalia is now looking into that],” Cacdac said when asked in an interview with GMA News’ Unang Balita if Ranara’s recruiter can be held liable in her killing.
Earlier reports said that Ranara was raped, impregnated by the young suspect, mauled and burned and left for dead in the middle of a desert.
Meanwhile, Ople also bared that Ranara’s family even talked to the victim two days before her body was discovered.
“On Friday the family was still able to talk to her. On Saturday, she could no longer be contacted by her parents. She was found dead on Sunday,” she said.
Ople described the victim to belong to a close family who decided to work abroad “her children were still young and also to provide support for her mother.”
She added that Ranara is an active member of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and is entitled to full burial and death benefits, scholarships for her children, as well as cash benefits, among others.
(Amado Inigo/ MTVN)