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CBCP exec wants heads to roll over death of Filipina in Saudi

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A Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines official wants heads to roll over the death of a Filipina worker who was reportedly sexually abused by her employer in Saudi Arabia.

CBCP Episcopal Commission on Pastoral Care for Migrant and Itinerant Peoples chairman Bishop Ruperto Santos asked the Labor Department to probe the victim’s recruitment agency and throw the book at it.

“We ask our DOLE to investigate the recruitment agency and make them criminally accountable, to prosecute them. It should be noted that the first task of our Philippine embassies is to protect our OFWs, to fight for human and labor rights, and to take good care of them,” he said on Church-run Radyo Veritas.

Citing earlier reports, he said the Filipina household service worker in Riyadh drifted into a coma after suffering the assault and abuse.

Santos also asked Philippine authorities to ensure justice for the victim.

“Her noble intention to be an OFW to be able to provide for the needs of her family and loved ones and uplift their life has turned to tragedy. We in the CBCP ECMI condemn her violent rape and murder and seek justice,” he said.

Earlier reports showed the victim went to Saudi Arabia last July but was sexually abused by her employer.

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