It was August 2016 when Vanessa Esguerra flew to Kuwait to seek a job as an overseas Filipina worker (OFW). Little did her family know that it would be the last time they would see their breadwinner alive.
Two years later, the body of the deceased overseas Filipino worker (OFW) has finally arrived from Kuwait. Thirty-three years old Vanessa Esguerra, who worked as a housemaid, allegedly took her own life while working abroad.
Esguerra’s death is shrouded in mystery. Her employers insist that the 33-year-old OFW took her own life, but the deceased’s family claims otherwise. Before her death, the OFW allegedly recounted the horrors that she experienced in the hands of her employer.
According to Esguerra’s family, the distressed OFW said that she was being sexually abused by the father of her employer. However, no legal actions were taken against the suspect.
Based on a news report from GMA News, this intriguing case has prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to order a full-investigation surrounding the OFW’s death. Earlier this month, the irate president ordered immediate ban on the deployment of OFW in Kuwait.
As an immediate response to this grave matter, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has finally suspended the ongoing issuance of “Overseas Employment Certificate” for new hires in Kuwait to prevent tragic cases like this for household service workers.
In an interview, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III revealed the reason behind the Administrative Order no. 25:
“We would like to seek justice for our OFWs, and while the investigation is undergoing, we are suspending the processing and issuance of OECs. We are doing this for utmost protection and welfare of our kababayan [fellow citizens].”
For more information, check out this news report from GMA News below.
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