OFW found dead in drainage system in Kuwait

By Maxxy Santiago, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau

Posted at Dec 04 2012 03:48 PM | Updated as of Dec 06 2012 04:10 AM

KUWAIT – The body of a Filipina household service worker was found floating inside the drainage system of her employer’s house in Yarmouk.

Ailyn Tagarda Hidalgo’s body was discovered on November 27. Authorities are still investigating if foul play was involved in the death of the 30-year-old OFW.

Another Filipino was there when authorities were retrieving the body. He said the drainage system was located under the basement stairs.

“Nakalutang po iyong babae sa drainage system. Meron pong takip yun, ang laki po niya ay 4x4 feet sa tingin ko. Tapos nakalutang po yong siko niya. Nakasando lang po siya ng puti at naka long pants na kulay asul-violet,” the Filipino man identified as Richard said.

Richard added that authorities stayed at the OFW’s employer house for about two hours to investigate the incident.

“Nagtatanong sila doon sa bahay kung ano ang nagyari. Nang dumating na yung forensic team inangat nong mga rescuer iyong bangkay,” he said.

Hidalgo’s body was brought tot the Forensic Department to undergo autopsy.

Meanwhile, Molina Hidalgo, the OFW’s mother, could not believe that she would commit suicide. She last spoke to her daughter on November 26. She added that her daughter sent home money, called them up and even texted them.

In a translation she said, “Sabi niya, Ma, last text ko na itong text na ito, kung ano man ang mangyari, love you all”.

The OFW is the eldest among six siblings and the family’s breadwinner. She is survived by her eight-year-old daughter.

“Para po sa embassy dyan sa Kuwait, ang ina ni Ailyn Hidalgo ay nananawagan na sana imbestigahan ang pagkamatay ni Ailyn at mapabilis ang pag imbestiga upang maiuwi agad ang bangkay sa Pilipinas kasi nag-aalala na kami dito,” the OFW’s aunt, Victoria Hidalgo said.

ABS-CBN Middle East tried to get an update from the embassy regarding Hidalgo’s case.

Vice Consul Rea Oreta said in an email that a press release shall be coursed thru the Department of Foreign Affairs “once we are in the position to do so”.