MANILA – Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has ordered Philippine Embassy in Kuwait Chargé d’Affaires Mohd. Noordin Pendosina Lomondot to stop the PHP7.5 million blood money payment over the demise of an overseas Filipino worker in Kuwait.
“The PHP7.5 million blood money to pay off this horror is changing hands even as I tweet; ordered Kuwait PE (Philippine Embassy) Lomondot to stop it,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said on Monday as he retweeted the photo of the deceased OFW.
He added that the Philippines “must match” the PHP7.5 million offered to the OFW’s surviving kin. “Lomondot must make sure the court judgment of death is carried out,” he said.
Locsin was referring to the case of Jeanelyn Padernal Villavende, whose employer was recently sentenced to death by a Kuwaiti court.
In a succeeding tweet on Tuesday, Locsin ordered the diplomat to report in writing the action taken to stop the blood money payout.
“Lomondot to report in writing the shenanigans going on there and what he’s done about it… what he’s done to stop it. We had this; he lost it; he’s gotta get it back. All trips to Middle East for photo ops and palabas stopped. Travel money needed to match blood money,” he tweeted.
Villavende’s death in December 2019 sparked outrage in Manila prompting the government to impose a deployment ban to Kuwait at the time.
Based on initial reports, she was tortured to death by her employer’s wife due to jealousy and was already “black and blue” when brought to the hospital.
On Dec. 30, 2020, the Kuwaiti Court of First Instance sentenced her female employer to death by hanging and her male employer to four years in prison. (PNA)