MANILA - The employer of a Filipina household service worker who died in Kuwait is facing a felony murder charge, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Thursday.
DFA Assistant Secretary Emmanuel Fernandez identified Bader Ibrahim Mohammad Hussain as the employer of Constancia Lago Dayag, who was allegedly physically and sexually assaulted before she died.
"He is, of course, presumed innocent until proven guilty. And the autopsy results have yet to show whether or not there was foul play in the death of Ms. Dayag. Will provide further updates as they come," Fernandez said.
He is facing a felony murder complaint filed by the Kuwaiti General Prosecutor’s Office and supported by the Philippine Embassy, the DFA said.
Dayag's remains arrived in Manila Thursday.
The labor department earlier said Dayag's body bore various contusions and hematoma, with indications of possible sexual abuse.
In a separate statement earlier Thursday, the DFA reiterated that it has asked for the immediate release of the official forensic report from the Criminal Evidence Department of Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior.
The National Bureau of Investigation will also conduct an independent autopsy to determine Dayag's cause of death.
The agency has asked permission from the family to bring Dayag's remains to the University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) Forensic Morgue for an examination.
The DFA will also give P100,000 cash assistance to Dayag's family to help in the cost of her funeral.