A Filipina hotel worker was found dead in Oman last week, and reports said she may have been a victim of rape.
According to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Omani police have yet to release details on the circumstances of the death of Pinky Esmeria B. Pamittan, a housekeeping supervisor at the Ramada Hotel.
"We feel bad about the tragic incident that befell another Filipino worker in a foreign land," said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said in a statement Friday. "We can only commiserate with her family for the loss."
In a report to Bello, Labor Attaché Nasser Mustafa said Pamittan was last seen leaving the hotel with her two male co-workers who are Indian nationals on October 28. The co-workers are in the custody of the Oman police for investigation.
“She was found on Friday and was working as a waitress in a hotel restaurant. So far we don’t know the cause of death, but her body is in the morgue. Initial reports suggest that she was kidnapped and raped," the spokesperson told Times of Oman.
The Filipina also allegedly owed the man 20 riyals and refused to pay him prior to her death.
Pamittan's mother Alice, who works at Amman, Jordan, told Times of Oman that she will come to Oman to monitor the progress of her daughter's case.
The hashtag #JusticeforPinky is currently being used by Pamittan's friends and family to spread awareness of her death.
Bello said Filipino labor officials in Oman are closely coordinating with Pamittan's family for her repatriation and are monitoring the police investigation on the case.
Philippine company GMP International Corporation and Omani agency Ikhtiar Trading and Contracting LLC. deployed Pamittan to Oman in March this year, DOLE said.
However, the Gulf News report said Pamittan moved to Oman several years ago and has a son and husband in the Philippines.
In addition to a death insurance worth P200,000 and burial assistance of P20,000, Pamittan's family is entitled to avail of livelihood and other monetary assistance from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News