File photos shows President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. as he visited the wake of the slain overseas Filipino worker Jullebee Cabilis Ranara in Las Piñas City on Jan. 30, 2023 to personally extend his sympathies to the bereaved family. 2023). At the wake Marcos assured Ranara’s family of assistance from the government. Also seen in photyo is OWWA Administrator Arnell Ignacio.

The Department of Foreign Affairs received information from the Kuwait Juvenile Court that the perpetrator of the Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) Jullebee Ranara has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The 17-year-old suspect was sentenced to 15 years in prison for murder, with an additional year for driving without a license.

As a reminder, the culprit raped, killed, burned, and left Ranara’s body in the desert.

The government praised the Kuwait Government’s prompt response to the case.

Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) officer-in-charge Hans Leo Cacdac and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Administrator Arnell Ignacio personally visited Jullebee’s family to inform them of the Kuwaiti Government’s decision to sentence the teenager who killed the OFW.

Before this, in a separate interview, Ranara’s bereaved family members shared that, in their opinion, the 15-year sentence for the teenager is not enough. According to Jullebee’s younger brother Mark Reyes, the penalty should be higher. They want to appeal it because they believe it doesn’t adequately reflect the brutality inflicted on his sister.

Meanwhile, during the latest Laging Handa Public Briefing, Foreign Affairs Usec. for Migrant Workers Affairs Eduardo de Vega mentioned that until now, the surviving family members of Jullebee have not received any compensation from her former employer.