Tragic homecoming for slain Ilongga after years of working overseas

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 18 2018 07:33 PM | Updated as of Feb 18 2018 07:40 PM

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Video from Cherry Palma, ABS-CBN News

The remains of the Filipina domestic helper found stuffed in a freezer in Kuwait arrived in her hometown of Sara, Iloilo Sunday afternoon.

Joanna Demafelis came home in a casket after years of working overseas.

Emotions reached a boiling point when the casket bearing Demafelis' body was placed inside the house that she built by working in the Gulf state.

A relative fainted upon seeing the casket - a grim reminder of the brutal fate that Demafelis suffered allegedly from the hands of her employers.

More than 100 people also gathered to catch a glimpse of the murdered Ilongga.

The wake may last for 2 weeks, the grieving family said.

Demafelis's body arrived in the Philippines from Kuwait on Friday. It was flown to Iloilo on Saturday and was brought to a funeral parlor in Ajuy.

Demafelis was found inside a freezer at an abandoned apartment on February 9, with initial investigation revealing she died of internal bleeding. Her body bore bruises and a broken hipbone. 

Demafelis's slay, one in a string of deaths of Filipino migrants in Kuwait, angered President Rodrigo Duterte, who has hit the Kuwaiti government for failing to protect Filipino workers.

The government has enforced a deployment ban to the Gulf state and encouraged Filipinos there to come home, ruffling ties with Kuwait. - report from Cherry Palma, ABS-CBN News