Locsin lauds Kuwait’s move to file charges vs slain Filipina maid’s employers

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Posted at Jan 30 2020 02:12 AM | Updated as of Jan 30 2020 04:29 AM

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin on Wednesday thanked Kuwaiti Ambassador Musaed Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh following reports that overseas Filipino worker Jeanelyn Villavende’s employers have been charged with murder. 

In tweets, Locsin said it is the justice system’s response that counts as he reiterated his opposition to the deployment ban to Kuwait as well as any offer of blood money. 

“My friend, the Kuwaiti Ambassador, promised me [that the employers] would be charged and they have been. President [Rodrigo] Duterte's response was on point: Let's wait and see what Kuwait's justice system does. Well, it charged the murderers. I thank Kuwaiti Ambassador.” Locsin said. 

Locsin also cited reasons why he opposed the deployment ban in Kuwait such as it “only increases kickback for Filipino trafficked which he/she pays our native recruiters and government contacts. Second, “not labor standards but number of abuses given workforce that counts.” Lastly, “Justice system responds. Blood money is not justice.”

“That was why I opposed the deployment ban in order to pursue an idiot quest for labor standards that don't count. What counts is the justice system. I will still kick anyone who offers blood money to settle this horror,” he said.

The Philippine government has prohibited all deployment of Filipino migrant workers to Kuwait following the death of Villavende, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said last Jan. 15

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra confirmed in a text message last Jan. 12 that an autopsy conducted by Philippine authorities on the Filipino migrant worker showed "clear indications of sexual abuse.