By Liza Soriano
MANILA — Senator Raffy Tulfo is pushing for a total deployment ban for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Kuwait following the gruesome death of a domestic helper working in the oil-rich gulf state.
The 35-year-old victim, Jullebee Ranara, a house help working in Kuwait was found lifeless and her body badly burnt in the desert of Salmi, Al-Jahra Governorate last Sunday.
Tulfo, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Migrant Workers, was among the government officials who waited for the arrival of the remains of Ranara at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Friday night (Jan. 27, 2023).
Tulfo insisted that following a deployment embargo, bilateral talks between Kuwait and the Philippines should proceed with concern for the terms and conditions the Philippines must impose.
Tulfo mentioned a number of requirements, including strict screening procedures and mental examinations for employers in high-risk nations and members of their households to guarantee that they are qualified to hire OFWs in their homes.
Tulfo said he will extend all the possible assistance he could give to support the bereaved family’s needs, including scholarships for Ranara’s two children.
A few days before Ranara’s death, local newspapers in Kuwait reported that the victim suffered assorted forms of torture.
At the time of her death, authorities also claimed the hapless OFW victim was sexually abused by the 17-year-old son of her employer.