A tragic fate befell yet another Filipino household service worker in Kuwait after she was allegedly beaten to death by her employer, Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III reported yesterday.

Bello ordered the labor attaché in Kuwait Angelita Narvaez to closely monitor the case of Amy Capulong Santiago who succumbed to suspected beatings when brought to the Farwaniya Hospital at around 10 pm on January 25.

“I am truly disheartened that such tragedies happen. I assure the family of Santiago that we will provide all the necessary assistance they need,” Bello said.

He said the Philippine Embassy and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Kuwait will provide legal assistance to the family of Santiago in Concepcion, Tarlac to obtain justice for her death.

Bello also directed the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to ensure that the necessary assistance will be extended to her family, including the provision of benefits due their departed kin.

He said Santiago’s family has been informed of the possible benefit they may get including a P200,000.00 death insurance and the burial assistance of P20,000.00. He added that Santiago’s dependents will also be provided with educational benefits and livelihood assistance. He also said the next of kin were already notified that repatriation expenses will be shouldered by OWWA.

According to reports from Assistance to Nationals Unit (ATNU) of the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait, records of the Abdullah Al Mubarak Police Directorate General of Criminal Evidence showed old and fresh bruises on various parts of Santiago’s body, mostly on her back. The remains of the victim were referred to the Forensic Department on Jan 26 for further investigation to ascertain the cause of her death.

Meanwhile, police authorities arrested the male employer while his wife surrendered at the Abdullah Al Mubarak Police station. The two are now detained and under investigation by the Kuwaiti police authorities to determine whether there was foul play or not on the death of Santiago.

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