OFW found dead inside Kuwait police station

Maxxy Santiago, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau

Posted at Sep 01 2015 03:45 PM | Updated as of Sep 03 2015 02:25 AM

KUWAIT – A Filipino was found dead inside the toilet of a police station in Kuwait. His family doesn't believe that he committed suicide and they are now appealing for help.

A photo of Rosnel Munting Hendy's body found inside the toilet of the Abdullah Al Salem Police Station became viral on Facebook. He allegedly took his own life on the morning of August 19.

"Nandito po ako sa embassy para i-follow-up po iyong kaso ng pinsan ko kung saan sinasabi na nagpakamatay, pero ang pamilya po ay may duda sa kanyang pagkamatay dahil sa nakita nating picture mukhang hindi naman talaga kapani-paniwala na nagpakamatay siya," said his cousin only identified as "Rolly".

The 36-years old Palawan native worked in a coffee shop. He was arrested during a random checking on August 6. His visa expired and his employer sued him for absconding.

"Ang nakakausap niya lang po yong nanay nila. Ang sabi nagfo-follow-up daw po sila ng kanilang sahod. Ilang buwan na raw po silang walang sahod kaya noong nakausap niya yong amo niya nagkaroon daw po sila ng hindi magandang pagtatalo kaya iyon daw ang naging dahilan daw po kaya siya pinakulong," Rolly said.

Hendy's family described him to be a happy person, full of dreams. They called on the embassy to investigate the incident.

For its part, the embassy said it is still waiting for the forensics report from authorities.

"Once it comes out, we will continue the legal action. I have met the lawyers twice on this case. We have a notion that this might be something else. Kasi yong suicide is not something that can be presumed by law," said Consul General, Atty. Raul Dado.

Dado added they are going to meet with the chief of investigation and embassy lawyers will examine the 'angles of possible homicide in this case.'

"Thirdly, pag may forensic report, we have to review them and if necessary, maybe have autopsy or investigation of the body in case hindi sa atin favor iyong results. If this is a suicide and the family and the government of the Philippines is not convinced, therefore, the family has the right to ask for reinvestigation and we will comply to that request."

Meanwhile, a group in the Philippines is dedicated to addressing those who have suicidal tendencies.

The crisis hotlines of the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation aim to make those individuals feel that someone is ready to listen to them.

These are their hotline numbers:

Information and Crisis Intervention Center:

(02) 804-HOPE (4673)
0917-558-HOPE (4673) or (632) 211-4550
0917-852-HOPE (4673) or (632) 964-6876
0917-842-HOPE (4673) or (632) 964-4084

In Touch Crisis Lines:

0917-572-HOPE or (632) 211-1305
(02) 893-7606 (24/7)
(02) 893-7603 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
Globe (63917) 800.1123 or (632) 506.7314
Sun (63922) 893.8944 or (632) 346.8776