Pinay manhandled in Kuwait still waiting for justice

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 22 2014 11:56 PM | Updated as of Jan 23 2014 07:56 AM

KUWAIT – A Filipina fitness instructor who was brutally manhandled and dragged down the stairs by Kuwaiti police officers last year appealed to the Philippine Embassy for the speedy resolution of her case.

"Jenny", not her real name, had suffered broken hands and left knee and bruised face after being dragged by a police officer down the stairs of the Kuwait Municipality last July 7, 2013.

She has undergone four operations.

"Noong nakapaglakad ako noong last December 22. Binigyan ako ng go signal na iapak na yong paa. Tuwang-tuwa ako na finally pwede pala ako uli makapaglakad. So pag-aaralan ko na lang ang one-crutch walking," said Jenny.

Jenny said her ordeal is not a joke.

"Naisip ko na lang ang mga bata kasi may tatlo akong anak. Dasal lang ako nang dasal. Sa awa ng Diyos nakaka-survive talaga. Kasi kung di niya dininig prayers ko di ako magkakaroon ng progression na ganito," Jenny said.

Jenny is also thankful to her employer who continues to give her salary. But the OFW could not help but worry even though the embassy is monitoring her case.

"Yung sa embassy, wish ko sana mapabilis. Ang tagal-tagal na. Nakita naman nila kung anong nangyari sa akin kung di lang ako sinuwerte namatay pa ako sa nangyari sa akin. Although sinasabi ng embassy may order din from the Philippines na tutukan talaga iyong kaso, pero sana mas gawan pa ng aksyon di ko naman sinasasabi na unahin talaga ako pero sobrang tagal na," she lamented.

For its part, the embassy reassured Jenny that it won't stop until she gets justice.

"We have filed case way back last year. Tumagal because it was Ramadan. The person was arrested but he was able to bail with his other co accused. Ito po ang procedure sa Kuwait. That is why we have to go to the hearing this February para mailabas ang ebidensya. We have a strong case," said Consul General Atty. Raul Dado. Report from Maxxy Santiago, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau