The search for justice should not stop until all those responsible for the death of Filipina worker Joanna Demafelis are punished, Sen. Grace Poe on Monday said.
“Swift and sure justice is what Joanna Demafelis deserve,” Poe said.
“Joanna’s struggle is a reflection of the same reason why many of our kababayan are working abroad, away from their family and loved ones,” the senator added.
While Demafelis’ employers are now facing death by hanging, following a decision by a Kuwaiti court that found her male Lebanese employer and his Syrian wife responsible for her death, Poe said the government should pursue the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Philippines and the Kuwaiti government.
“We hope the MOU between the Philippines and Kuwait for the greater protection of overseas Filipino workers will be signed. We also hope that such understanding be present in other countries with OFW population,” she said.
“We must remain vigilant in ensuring that the rights and welfare of OFWs are protected, and government is always at hand to assist them,” Poe further said.
Despite the conviction of Demafelis’ employers, labor officials announced that the ban on the deployment of new hires in Kuwait will stay especially since the MOU is yet to be formally signed.
The MOU, among other things, prohibits employers from confiscating the passports and gadgets of their Filipino workers.