KUWAIT – The Filipina who was raped, stabbed and left for dead by a Kuwaiti Traffic Police has been discharged from a hospital.
Marissa, not her real name, is thankful to be alive after she was sexually abused, stabbed on the neck and back last October 1 in the South Surra desert.
“Medyo ok na ang nararamdaman, pero ang masakit lang sa akin ang likod ko. Tungkol naman sa kaso ko ipaglaban ko pa rin ang kaso ko,” said Marissa who wore a thoracic-lumbar brace.
She is now under the custody of the Filipino Workers Resource Center of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office where she will temporarily stay.
A well-known Kuwaiti human rights lawyer, Sheikha Fawzia Salem Al-Sabah, volunteered to be her legal counsel, free of charge, after learning about the ordeal of the OFW allegedly at the hands of a Kuwait policeman
“Ang pipiliin ko na maging abugado ko si Ma'am Sheikha Fawzia, iyong sa embassy yung sinabi nila sa akin, yun sana yung lalaki, pero hindi ko nagustuhan iyon. Kasi nakita ko rin kay Ma'am Fawzia magaling siya at magaan ang pakirdamdam ko sa kanya,” Marissa said.
The Philippine Embassy said it will respect Marissa’s decision in choosing her own lawyer to represent her.
Meanwhile, the detained suspect is being investigated by authorities.
For Marissa, a single mother, she will pursue her fight to attain justice.
“Dahil sa tagal na rin hindi ko nakita ang anak ko, seven years na at saka nanay ko, kung pwede lang sana kay Vice President (Jejomar) Binay, na sana, gusto kung makita yung anak [ko] kung pwede lang at saka yung nanay ko,” she said in an appeal to the Vice President.