The Kuwait skyline.
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MANILA – A group of Catholic clergy in the Philippines has called for the re-imposition of a deployment ban of Filipino workers to Kuwait.
The call from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People (CBCP -ECMI) came after a Filipina was allegedly raped by a Kuwaiti police officer in the Gulf state.
The household service worker arrived in Kuwait on June 4 and was allegedly kidnapped and later assaulted by the 22-year-old suspect, Fayed Naser Hamad Alajmy. A warrant of arrest for the suspect has already been issued.
Meanwhile, CBCP-ECMI chairman, Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos, urged the Philippine government to force Kuwait to implement a memorandum of agreement signed by both countries to safeguard the welfare of Filipino workers.
“Both governments must see to it that the suspected rapist-in-uniform must be prosecuted, punished; Justice must be served to our con national. All necessary assistance and help should be extended to her,” the Bataan prelate said in an interview over Radio Veritas on Friday.
“And we must be ready to enforce deployment ban, as she was (the) second victim after the brutal death of Constancia Dayag,” he added.
Dayag died on May 14, with her body reportedly having various contusions, hematoma and signs of sexual abuse.
The bishop said the recent rape case of a Filipina household worker is a “clear violation of the agreement between our country and Kuwait for the protection of OFWs,” he said.
“The Kuwait government must show political will to ensure the safety and security of our OFWs, and rights are promoted and respected,” he added. DAJ/Expat Media
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