Mother of suspect in maid’s death denies son’s involvement/His wife used to bang the maid’s head against the wall’

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The family of a Lebanese man in whose apartment the body of a Filipina was found is in shock, claiming: “It is impossible for our son to commit such a crime.” The body of Joanna Daniela Demafelis arrived in the Philippines on Friday after it was found in a freezer in the apartment rented by the Lebanese man named Nader and his Syrian wife Mona.

Amid rumors that Interpol has arrested the couple, thought to be in Syria, Al-Rai daily located the family of 40-year-old Nader, who hails from Budai and was raised in Ouzae in southern Beirut. He left his apartment in Kuwait along with his wife 16 months ago. After a court ruling was issued in favor of the owner, police discovered the body of the Filipina maid, who Nader reported absconding two days before he left the country. Murder charges were filed at Maidan Hawally police station after detectives discovered the woman was tortured and suffocated.

Nader’s mother was surprised when she was asked whether she knew her only son was arrested. “I don’t know…did they really arrest him? My son cannot even kill an ant, and for sure his wife put him into trouble,” she said. “How can I save him from this dilemma? Nader is a quiet and reasonable man, unlike his wife, who I realized was cruel and badly treated the maid when I visited them in Kuwait,” she added. “His wife used to bang the maid’s head against the wall. I asked her to return the maid to the office if she did not like her, but she did not pay any heed. I left Kuwait because I couldn’t stand the lack of mercy in her,” Nader’s mother claimed.

Philippines television network GMA spoke to a Filipina who said Joanna was kept hungry, physically assaulted and not paid. Nader’s mother said she saw her son 10 months ago, adding he was a “lost man.” “I didn’t know anything about him, until I learned he was in Syria. I went there with a youth who contacted Mona’s brother, who denied knowing anything about Nader. I felt he was abducted by them. The youth that was with me said, ‘If you are not in touch with Nader, then give me the number of your sister.’ I was then told Nader does not want to see his mother. When we insisted, he gave us a number, and we in turn gave it to the police, who called Nader, and he came,” his mother said. She said Nader was in a very bad state. “I did not know why… he told me something major had happened but couldn’t tell me about it,” she said, adding that on top of that, his wife was pregnant.

Photo Of Employer/Suspect On OFW Joanna Demafelis’ Death Finally Exposed

The photo of employer/suspects who were allegedly responsible for OFW Joanna Demafelis’ death has been finally exposed in the social media.

Over the past few weeks, the reports regarding the dead body of a female Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) identified as Joanna Daniela Demafelis, which was found inside the freezer of an apartment in Kuwait has been the headlines of local and international news outlets.

The remains of Demafelis has been recovered by the authorities upon serving a notice of eviction for the tenant of Salmiya apartment.

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The apartment where the body of the Pinay OFW has been found was allegedly owned by Syrian woman and a Lebanese man.

Recently, Interpol has launched a manhunt for the primary suspects allegedly responsible for the death of the Filipina migrant worker.

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Joanna Demafelis’ Employers

Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said that they were hoping that justice would be served on Demafelis’ death as they work with Interpol and Kuwaiti police.

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“There will be criminal charges definitely under Kuwaiti law. There will be criminal charges to be filed against the suspects,” Cacdac said.

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As of now, the authorities were hunting the Lebanese man and Syrian woman who are primary suspects in the crime. The authorities also found out that the couple was hiding in Lebanon due to charges involving fake checks.



Picture of women playing board game at Makkah mosque goes viral

Women had been told not to play the game by the General Presidency of the Holy Mosque
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Picture of women playing board game at Makkah mosque goes viral
Women had been told not to play the game by the General Presidency of the Holy Mosque
A picture of four fully-covered women sitting cross-legged at the mosque and playing a board game went viral on social media, triggering a wide array of comments.
“The women were spotted at around 11 pm on Friday playing the board game Sequence at the western square near King Abdul Aziz Gate,” Saudi daily Okaz reported on Monday, citing a source.
“The operation room was alerted and the women’s section at the General Presidency was tasked with dealing with the situation. Supervisors went up to the four women and requested the women to respect the sanctity of the mosque and stop their game. The women complied and left.”
“Regretfully, there are some people who use such incidents to doubt the professional commitment of the staff and question their work.”
The General Presidency for the Holy Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah confirmed that it had told the women not to play the board game at the Holy Mosque.
Most online users condemned the attitude by the four women whose nationality was not known, saying that they should respect the spiritual significance of the mosque.
“The Holy Mosque is for prayers, supplications and devotion, and all people should make sure nothing else disturbs their piety,” one user said.
However, another user said that although he did not condone the “public show” by the four women, he compared it to the use of smartphones by some worshippers.
“Some people, waiting for prayers or for friends, have a tendency to take out their cell phones and use applications for several purposes,” he posted.


Kuwait’s Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah said Monday that an agreement has been made with Filipino authorities in a bid to regulate workforce in the country.

Authorities in Manila made the request for the preliminary deal, Al-Jarallah told the press after a meeting of a parliamentary committee dealing with foreign affairs.

He revealed that His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has invited Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte to visit Kuwait next month, pointing out that, “calm has by and large been restored after the uproar created by Duterte’s recent remarks.” “We made clear to the authorities in the Philippines that this issue needs to be rectified,” Al-Jarallah said, citing “positive feedback” from Filipino officials.

Meanwhile, Al-Jarallah went on to say that the parliamentary committee has been assigned to investigate the Filipino President’s comments, pending a report to be referred to parliament, On the meeting, the Kuwaiti deputy foreign minister noted that prices of domestic service, which have gone through the roof as of late, was among topics discussed.”We are working closely with our embassies abroad to address this issue,” he added.

Philippines to Kuwait: Our passports will be at the Embassy and their salaries through Knet

  • Philippines to Kuwait: Our passports will be at the Embassy and their salaries through «Knet»

Philippine Ambassador to the country Renato Pedro Ovila disclosed the details of his foreign minister's meeting with the Kuwaiti ambassador in Manila, Assistant to Al-Zawikh, where they discussed the situation of the Philippine employment in Kuwait. He pointed out that the two sides agreed on the importance of the joint meeting scheduled to be held next March on signing a new agreement For domestic workers to ensure their rights and protect them from abuse or abuse, explaining that it is under discussion on determining the date and place.

In a statement to the news agency, Ophila said that his country's foreign minister had asked the Kuwaiti ambassador to extend the deadline given by the Ministry of the Interior to the violators of the Kuwaiti residency law to benefit all members of the Filipino community in Kuwait. From the incident of the victim of the freezer.

He pointed out that 900 of the community members of the violators of the law of residence have already left Kuwait, as well as access to 1800 of the community is cleared from the Ministry of the Interior out of 3000 submitted to take advantage of the deadline granted by the Interior of the violators, according to statistics of the embassy, indicating that the embassy expects That the number of applicants to benefit from the deadline during the current period.

The Philippine Foreign Ministry also proposed that the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait keep the passports of Filipino domestic workers in Kuwait in order to prevent misuse by homeowners.

Philippine Foreign Affairs Minister Alain Kaitano said that if the passport remained in the hands of the Filipino worker, it would be her responsibility to the Kuwaiti government if she left the employer. So the compromise is that the Philippine embassy in Kuwait keeps passports. "

The Philippine Foreign Minister said that some Kuwaiti homeowners holding passports of Filipino workers were preventing them from leaving and reporting violations.

In particular, the Philippine Passport Act of 1996 states: "The Philippine passport shall remain at all times owned by the Government of the Philippines and the holder of the passport shall be a holder of it, as long as the passport is valid and may not be handed over to any person or entity other than the Government or Representatives. " This means that under the law, it is not permissible to hand over the passport even to homeowners and businesses.

He added that the system of salaries of domestic workers should be done through ATM cards, and said at least when dealing with ATMs, in banks, there will be an electronic record to enable us to know whether the workers get their salaries or not.

Kaytano also proposed the idea of creating an international line for Filipino migrant workers to report their concerns immediately.

On the other hand, the Philippine government has formed a technical committee of members of the People's Assembly, whose task is to set a budget for the repatriation of Filipino workers from the Middle East, including those returning from Kuwait.

Gisolito Manalo, chairman of the committee, said that the committee is working in the light of the remarks made by Philippine President Rodrigo Dutertti, which revolves around the axis of preserving the dignity of Philippine employment. The new committee is trying to ensure the rapid settlement of Filipino workers in the Philippines, The Philippine Labor and Employment Minister Silvestre Bello had proposed to the Philippine Congress an increase of 1.1 billion Philippine pesos in the Ministry of Labor budget for the purpose of resettling Filipino workers returning from the Eastern Mediterranean region In the light of the directives of President Rodrigo Duterti.

Members of the Philippine Congress last Wednesday expected the return of 10,000 Filipino workers from Kuwait alone, most of whom would finish working in Kuwait, and called on the Philippine government to urgently prepare for resettlement in the Philippines


The Philippines announced on Monday that it will hold a special exhibition to provide employment for workers returning from Kuwait. According to its official news agency, which published the news today at 8 pm Manila time, 3:00 pm Kuwait time, it will give money to workers returning from Kuwait. 

The Philippines Regional Director for Employment and Employment, Johnson Kanet, told a press conference carried by the official Philippine News Agency that a special exhibition will be organized for Filipino workers returning from Kuwait, in the western Visayas region. 

He added that the Ministry of Labor and Employment will oversee the exhibition work, which aims primarily to provide employment opportunities for migrant workers returning from Kuwait, adding that the date of the exhibition is not yet determined, and is waiting to determine the companies contributing to.

"In addition to the job fair, returning workers are entitled to 5,000 pesos  as financial assistance from the Overseas Workers 'Welfare Department," said Kony Benundo, who is in charge of the Department of Programs and Services of the Overseas Workers' Welfare Department. "The returnees will receive 20 thousand Philippine pesos (equivalent to 115 Kuwaiti Dinars) as the amount of state aid from the state," he said.


One hundred seventy-seven (177) OFWs from Kuwait arrived in Manila today, 18 February 2018.  The OFWs, majority of whom are household service workers who availed of the Kuwaiti government’s amnesty program, were repatriated through the efforts of the Department of Foreign Affairs Office of Migrant Workers Affairs (DFA-OMWA) and the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait.

This puts the running total of repatriated OFWs from Kuwait to around 1700.

The repatriated OFWs will be leaving for their home provinces after receiving Php 5,000 each in financial assistance from the DFA.  Many of them expressed their desire to seek employment opportunities in countries other than those in the Middle East.

Many of the distressed OFWs are victims of illegal recruitment who entered Kuwait through neighboring countries.


The DFA continues to negotiate with the Kuwaiti government for an extension of the amnesty program which will allow undocumented OFWs to process the documents that they need to work legally in Kuwait.

DFA-OMWA and the Embassy have been strengthening its campaign to educate and inform about human trafficking to prevent them from falling prey to unscrupulous groups and individuals.  The Embassy, on its part, is quick to respond to reports of abuses from distressed OFWs and has been offering a temporary shelter for OFWs who escape from abusive employers and who seek refuge in the Embassy.

DFA-OMWA and the Embassy continue to work closely with the Kuwaiti government in protecting and promoting the rights and welfare of OFWs in Kuwait.

Family Seeks Help for OFW Missing in Kuwait, Last Conversation 5 Years Ago

With many reports coming out about different cases of abuse and maltreatment of OFWs working in Kuwait, many families whose relatives are working in the said country fear for their lives and safety.

Such is this case of a certain Filipina which was shared on social media by her sister under the name of LemienHo Lee.

According to the Facebook post, Lemien is seeking for help to find her sister who had left the Philippines to try her luck as an OFW in Kuwait in 2010.  Since then, Lemien claimed the OFW had not gone back to her family anymore.

Lemien was quite worried that her sister named Rahima Abdulkadir had been suffering from abuse which they were just unaware of.  Amidst the many cases of violence in Kuwait, they cannot help but worry too much about her safety.  For one, she had not communicated with her family for 5 long years so they were already wondering what happened to her.


It was learned that the last communication they had was during the last day of Ramadan in 2015

It is then that Lemien is seeking help from government agencies to extend all possible means to locate Rahima and check on her safety.  The OFW had been previously seeking help on their last conversation so they wanted to know if she is still alive.

Communication with Rahima was quite difficult as she was prohibited by her employer to use a mobile phone



Syrian, Lebanese couple investigated over Filipina found in Kuwait freezer

Interpol is tracking the employers of Joanna Daniela Demafelis, a Filipino worker whose body was found in a freezer in Kuwait.

The employers were identified as Nader Issam Assaf, Lebanese, and his wife, Mona Hassoun, Syrian.

The body of Demafelis, who arrived to work for the couple in Kuwait in 2014, was found in the couple’s freezer at their home in Kuwait’s Hawally.

Assaf, his wife and two children fled Kuwait in November 2016. The apartment’s owner only recently got a court permission to enter the apartment.

Officials were hoping that Assaf and his wife will be arrested as they thought they were in Lebanon. However, the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Rai reported that they are in Syria.

According to Al-Rai, Assaf reported that Demafelis went missing two days before he and his family fled Kuwait.

Assaf, who grew up in his paternal aunt’s house in Beirut, is believed to be controlled by his wife according to his relatives who said he cannot even smoke in front of her.

“It’s impossible. My nephew would never kill anyone,” his aunt told Al-Rai, adding that she raised him after his father left his mother.

“The last time we saw him was around two years ago when he came for his father’s funeral. He then returned to Kuwait and we later learnt that he went to Syria,” she added.

“Maybe his wife is behind the crime. She is edgy and he always feared her. He once let her kick his mother from their house in Kuwait,” Assaf’s cousin said.

His relatives added that Assaf’s mother once visited him in Syria and when she returned she said he looked “mentally instable.”



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