JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the search for a Filipina domestic helper who has been missing in Saudi Arabia since last year, following the request of the OFW's brother.
A team from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) led by Moh’d Noordin Pendosina Lomondot from the Assistance to National ng Office of Migrant Workers’ Affairs is in Saudi Arabia to look for Diosalyn Seva.
Seva's brother, Sgt. Michael Joe Fabian, personally requested Duterte to look for his sister when the President visited him and other wounded soldiers at V. Luna General Hospital in August last year.
"Sometime in August dinalaw ni President Duterte ang mga wounded soldiers sa V. Luna Hospital. Isang wounded soldier na si Sgt. Michael Joe Fabian, ni-request niya sa President na sana ay mahanap ang kanyang missing kapatid dito sa Jeddah. So nag-commit si President Duterte na hanapin si Diosalyn Seva," Lomondot said.
Based on information reaching the DFA, Seva went missing last year after she left her employer whom she accused of maltreating her and violating her contract.
"Ang purpose ng pagpunta natin dito ay para hanapin si OFW Diosalyn Seva. Si Diosalyn Seva ay pumunta ng Saudi sometime in October 2015. Nung March 2016 nag-run away siya, ang rason niya ay physical abuse, maltreatment at non-payment of salaries," said Lomondot.
Lomondot's team is now coordinating with local authorities here and has enlisted the help of various Filipino groups in locating Seva.
The team has already contacted the recruitment agency in Saudi Arabia that deployed Seva, and the firm has assured the team of its cooperation, Lomondot said.
Aside from Seva, six other OFWs have been reported missing in Saudi Arabia, according to Lomondot.
The official urged those who have information on Seva to reach the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah through 0555219613 or email at email@example.com. —KBK, GMA News