PH officials in Kuwait monitoring probe on OFW’s death

Department of Foreign Affairs

Kuwait’s Philippine embassy is monitoring with authorities on the inquiry over the death of Constancia Lago Dayag, a Filipina household service worker who was supposedly physically and sexually assaulted, the embassy said in a statement.

Philippine Vice Consul Charleson Hermosura stated, “We are closely coordinating with the Kuwait Forensic Department and Criminal Investigation Department to ferret the truth surrounding the death of Ms. Dayag.”

Hermosura established that noting the initial reports acquired by the embassy, Dayag, 47, a native of Agadanan, Isabela was rushed at noon on May 14 by an ambulance to the Al Sabah Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

Her body was seen bearing various bruises and contusions. She was believed to also been sexually abused.

“All of the initial reports coming out have to be supported by the official report from the Kuwait Forensic Department and that’s what we are waiting for, the results of the investigation and we will take it from there,” cited Hermosura. He noted that Dayag came to Kuwait in 2016 and worked for the same employer.

“We have gathered that after completing her two-year contract, she went home to the Philippines and returned to Kuwait under the same employer,” added Hermosura.

Hermosura restated that the embassy with the help of the Kuwait government will exhaust all legal means to know the truth and bring justice to Dayag’s death.

“The Philippine embassy expresses its deepest condolences to the family of Ms. Dayag. Rest assured that we will do all our best to expedite the investigation so we can repatriate the remains of Ms. Dayag and make sure that justice will be served,” added Hermosura.

He included that the Philippine Embassy under the leadership of Charge d’ Affaires Mohd Noordin Pendosina Lomondot already allocated a legal counsel to handle the case of Dayag.

Philippine Department of Labor and Employment is considering the re-imposition of the deployment ban on Filipino domestic workers to Kuwait with the recent death of Dayag. Hermosura clarified that there is no deployment ban.

“It’s more of a wait-and-see right now as we await the results of the Kuwait Forensic Department. So far, there is no instruction from the Department of Foreign Affairs regarding the deployment ban. The deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait stays.”

Additionally, Hermosura elucidated that there is no truth to the news that has been circulating on the social media that the Philippine Embassy in implementing a news blackout on Dayag’s case.

“The Philippine Embassy has been always transparent and we have given media access to information on Dayag’s case and other cases that we had in the past. We will keep the public updated all the time,” he assured.

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