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