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OFW dies after being mishandled, abused by a recruitment agency in Saudi Arabia

Philippine Senator Raffy Tulfo urged the government to sue the local and foreign recruitment agencies of a domestic helper who was allegedly abused and died in Saudi Arabia.

According to Tulfo, the chairperson of the Senate Committee on Migrant Workers, it was discovered that the recruiter was abusing the OFW, Jovelyn Tang Andres.

The recruiter reportedly mixed medicine with Andres’ food and drink to have her baby aborted before she was handed over to another employer, where she died.

Tulfo is currently pushing to file criminal charges against the Saudi Arabian owners of Manabe foreign recruitment agency, the local recruitment agency Gulf Synergy Employment Inc., and a woman who allegedly recruited Andres.

Arnulfo Babiera, president of Gulf Synergy, admitted that they failed to monitor Andres’ condition and apologized to the OFW’s family for what happened.

Despite having a welfare officer, the company claims no report reached Barbiera about Andres.

The license of the recruitment agencies has already been suspended, and a recruitment violation case has also been filed, according to Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Undersecretary Bernard Olalia.

He also said the agency is contacting the Philippine Overseas Labor Office for action.

Tulfo also wants the DMW to investigate whether Gulf Synergy is still operating under a different name.

DMW Secretary Toots Ople assured that an official is scheduled to go to Saudi Arabia next month to discuss Andres’ case and request action from the authorities against the irresponsible recruitment agency. BKM/ Expat Media

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