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May katapusan pa ba ‘to? Zubiri deplores death of OFW in Kuwait due to starvation

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Senator Migz Zubiri on Wednesday deplored the death of another Filipino migrant worker from Kuwait, who reportedly died due to “starvation.”

He was referring to Josie Perez Lloren who was repatriated on January 26 following President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to ban the deployment of OFWs to Kuwait amid rising cases of abuses against migrant workers.

Lloren, who hailed from Negros Occidental, however, was hospitalized few days after her arrival and died on February 9 at the Caloocan City Medical Center.

“I heard yesterday that Josie Lloren passed away because of massive internal bleedings. Pagpasok sa hospital namatay. Galing din siya sa Kuwait,” the senator said.

“She was reportedly starved her to death,” Zubiri said during the Senate inquiry on the abuses committed against OFWs in Kuwait, including the death of Joanna Demafelis, whose frozen body was found in a freezer in an abandoned apartment in Al Shaab area.

He said that Lloren’s death “is one in a long string of deaths of our kababayans who took the long hard road to greener pastures.”

“Physical and mental distress in a foreign land has become common stuff of our OFWs plight,” the senator said.

He added, “Josie, a mother of three, had it in her to be courageous and bold to take on life as a domestic helper in a land where social values are vastly different from ours.”

“She was far from her family and friends who could have given her support. I am horrified with the thought of what she had to go through in the hands of her abusive employers,” he said.

“I fully support the President’s deployment ban on Kuwait until they realize that our OFW in their country are not slaves and animals that they can detain, torture and abuse at any time,” Zubiri said.

He said that if Kuwait puts a premium on the Philippine government’s friendship and OFWs, “then they should immediately pass a law or decree that will protect our workers from abuse.”

“If not then they should just build their buildings and manage their homes themselves,” the senator stressed.