DFA ASSISTING FILIPINA OFW INVOLVED IN STABBING INCIDENT IN KUWAIT

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Manila: The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will extend all possible assistance to a Filipina domestic helper in Kuwait being held by authorities there for allegedly stabbing her employer.

In a statement, the DFA said the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait is assisting the distressed household service worker from Maguindanao and is in touch with Kuwaiti authorities investigating her case.

“Our Embassy in Kuwait continues to look after our kababayan Ulambai Singgayan and is coordinating with authorities to ensure that her rights are protected,” Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola said.

“Ulambai and her family here in the Philippines have our assurance that the DFA will provide her with legal and other assistance that she may require,” Undersecretary Arriola said.

The Undersecretary said that as soon as the Embassy learned about the incident, it dispatched a team to the hospital where Ulambai was being treated for injuries inflicted on her by members of her employer’s family.

According to the initial information gathered by the Embassy, Singgayan was beaten up after she allegedly stabbed her employer who had allegedly threatened to have her visa revoked and move her to another house where she would be killed.

Chargé d’Affaires Charleson C. Hermosura said Singgayan had visible bruises in her face, chest, and arms. An x-ray conducted in the hospital also showed internal bleeding in her abdomen

Chargé d’Affaires Hermosura said it was not immediately clear if Singgayan had been maltreated by her employer prior to the stabbing incident. He said Singgayan was deployed to Kuwait as a household service worker in February 2017.

Chargé d’Affaires Hermosura said Singgayan is facing felony charges and is currently under hospital arrest.

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