Help sought for Pinay jailed in Israel

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 13 2013 04:05 PM | Updated as of Sep 14 2013 08:19 PM

MANILA – A Filipina overseas worker is in need of assistance from the Philippine government after she was jailed for allegedly physically abusing her elderly ward in Israel.

Vice President Jejomar Binay said he requested the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to extend all the needed assistance to Winnie Rose Ganaden.

Ganaden has been detained in Israel since July.

"Ms. Ganaden denies the allegation that she abused her ward and her relatives claim she was falsely accused as she had signified her intention of leaving her employer," Binay said in a press statement.

The Presidential Adviser on OFW Concerns said the Philippine embassy in Israel has already petitioned for her to be released under house arrest.

"On July 28, the judge granted Ms. Ganaden’s petition for house arrest, provided she could present to the court an Israeli national who would stand as guarantor," Binay said.

Binay said the court had also ordered a social worker to interview the OFW to assess her condition in prison.

"Ms. Ganaden was able to present two Israelis as guarantors. However, she remains in prison as the social worker who was assigned to interview her failed to show up in her last hearing due to prior commitments," said Binay.

Binay appealed to DFA to continue monitoring the case to ensure Ganaden’s release at the soonest possible time.

"We are counting on DFA and the Philippine embassy in Israel for their support and I thank them for always being ready to help our Global Filipinos who are in need," he said.