MANILA – The Filipina domestic helper who was scalded after her employer in Saudi Arabia poured boiling water on her finally spoke up days after the incident.
Speaking to DZMM's Pasada Sais Trenta Sabado host Henry Omaga Diaz, the abused domestic helper who is identified only as “Candice” said that the incident started when her employer asked her to cook him lunch.
“Kasi po noong time na ‘yon, mga alas dose na po ng tanghali, nagpapagawa po ng hapunan niya ‘yung amo ko na matandatapos po, nung time na ‘yon ay gumagawa ako ng pagkain ng amo ko na matanda. Tapos po, nagalit siya sa akin kasi nga po, matagal daw ako gumagawa ng pagkain nila.”
Candice said that she had already finished preparing the meal. However, her employer’s gesture of impatience made her tremble and drop some things.
“‘Yung pagkain nila, natapos ko na po. Tapos po sumisigaw na siya kung nasaan na raw po ba ako, kung hindi pa ba raw ako tapos. Sa taranta ko po, nahulog ko po ‘yung takip ng thermos tsaka ‘yung kutsara. Tapos po, nagtanong siya kung ano raw ‘yon. Tapos pumasok siya sa kusina.”
She claimed that her employer stormed the kitchen, found the thermos that contains the boiling water and poured it on her.
When the boiling water touched her skin, Candice immediately stood up and screamed in pain.
“Nabigla po ako tapos napatayo po ako, napasigaw tapos napatingin siya sa akin. ‘Nung hindi ko na nakayanan ‘yung sakit tsaka ‘yung init sa katawan ko, natumba po ako.”
Lying on the kitchen floor, she immediately asked for her employer’s help. However, her boss ignored her and instead left the kitchen and went inside his room.
Candice then went to her room where she cried for three hours.
“Pumunta po ako sa kwarto ko tapos umiiyak na lang po ako ‘don kasi nga po wala pong nakakatulong sa akin. Mga three hours pa po bago ako dinala sa clinic.”
When asked how she managed to stand the pain for three hours, Candice said she also doesn't have a clue how she did it.
SERIES OF ABUSE
Meanwhile, Candice also said that the scalding incident was not the first time her Saudi employers hurt her.
She revealed that her employer’s son had previously hit her.
“‘Yung anak kasi niya po, dati rin po ay binugbog din ako ‘nun eh. Kasi po na-homesick po ako tapos gusto ko pong tumawag sa pamilya ko, ayaw po nila.”
She added that her employer had always been angry at her.
“Kasi po lagi naman silang galit sa akin eh kasi bago lang po ako, two months pa lang ako tapos ‘yung language nila hindi ko po masyado naiintindihan.”
Candice said that she plans to come home as soon as her condition improves and her case against her employers is properly filed.
She also said that she worries for her mom, who has high blood pressure.
“Gustong-gusto ko na po umuwi kasi nami-miss ko nap o ‘yung pamilya ko tapos ‘yung nanay ko, nag-aalala po ako sa kanya kasi high-blood pa naman siya tapos kung ano-ano po ‘yung naririnig niya sa’min na mga bali-balita. Gustong-gusto ko na po umuwi.”
Government officials in Saudi Arabia have already contacted Candice and promised their assistance with her repatriation and help with her case against her employers.
Earlier this week, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration preventively suspended the agencies involved in Candice’s deployment to Saudi Arabia.