Thursday, February 2, 2017

Kin of jailed OFWs press gov't for comprehensive legal assistance

Families of Filipinos who are jailed or on death row abroad have marched to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to appeal for a comprehensive legal assistance from the government in light of Jakatia Pawa's execution in Kuwait last week."Alam po namin na sila ay nangangamba sa ngayon na kung ano yung nangyari kay Jakatia Pawa ay maaaring mangyari din sa kanila dahil po yung polisiya ng gobyerno  sa pagbibigay ng legal assistance sa mga kababayan natin [ay] hindi nagbabago," said Armand Hernando, spokesperson for pro-OFW group Migrante, in a report by GMA News' Tricia Zafra on "Balitanghali" on Wednesday.According to data from the DFA, there were 3,800 Filipinos jailed abroad as of 2015. Of these, 88 were on death row.Pawa, a domestic helper, was executed on January 25 for killing her employer's daughter in 2007. She had maintained her innocence up to her last day.Following her execution, the Philippine government is mulling a ban on sending domestic helpers to Kuwait, noting the high number of abuse cases there."By statistics, again, Kuwait ang pinakamataas ang incidents ng abuses," Labor Undersecretary Dominador Say said in the report.On the same day of Pawa's execution, a Filipina domestic helper, Amy Capulong Santiago, died after allegedly suffering from physical abuse at the hands of her male employer.The "Balitanghali" report said Santiago's employer has already been arrested. Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News

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