2 Pinays jailed in Saudi for employer’s gruesome death
Two overseas Filipino workers (OFW) were jailed in Saudi Arabia for the death of their female employer last November.
Vice Consul Alex Estomo, head of the Assistant to National Section of the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah, said one of the two jailed OFWs admitted killing their employer.
The OFW, identified only as Rina, claimed that her employer attacked her with a knife and killed her on self defense.
Estomo said that according to Saudi authorities, the female employer sustained 14 stab wounds in the body.
He said that Rina admitted to Saudi prosecutors that she killed her employer, but insisted that her Filipina co-worker was innocent.
Estomo said that with Rina's testimony, they are hoping the other Filipina will be released next week.
“Nung iniimbestigahan ng prosekusyon si Rina ay inamin din naman niya doon na siya lang ang gumawa ng krimen at wala pong kinalaman ang kanyang kasama kaya inaasahan natin na sana sa mga susunod na araw o linggo ay ma-release na ang isa kung talagang mapatunayan na wala syang kinalaman sa pagpatay na ito,” he said.
Estomo added that based on the other arrested Filipina's testimony, she ran and locked herself in the bathroom during the attack.
She went out of the room when the Saudi police arrived, Estomo added.
Estomo said that Rina could have been a victim of maltreatment, which led to the killing.
The embassy official, meanwhile, said that Rina was underaged when she was employed in Saudi Arabia, which is against the rules and regulations of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
He said that they have informed the POEA of Rina's case and sanctions are expected against the agency that processed her employment. —report from Ronaldo Concha/ALG, GMA News