Body of OFW returns home
February 16 2018 11:23 PM
Jessica (second right), sister of Filipina overseas worker Joanna Demafelis, cries in front of a woo
Jessica (second right), sister of Filipina overseas worker Joanna Demafelis, cries in front of a wooden casket containing her sister’s body, shortly after its arrival at the international airport in Manila, yesterday.

AFP/Manila

The body of a Philippine maid found stuffed in a freezer in Kuwait arrived home to a tearful welcome yesterday.
Joanna Demafelis, 29, was found earlier this month after her employers, a Lebanese man and his Syrian wife, disappeared in 2016.
The victim’s wailing sister threw herself at her sibling’s coffin after it was unloaded at Manila airport yesterday, while her stunned brother Joejet Demafelis tried to comfort her.
“This is a huge loss for us. Her dream, she told my mother, is that she was leaving only because she wanted to help our parents and our youngest sibling,” the brother told reporters at the cargo terminal.
“My parents can’t accept this. Every so often, they start weeping,” he added.
“I hope they can find those who killed my sister”. 
Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said yesterday the Kuwaiti ambassador had assured him his government was “outraged” over the killing and determined to find those responsible.
Cayetano said while the death was tragic it would be a “rallying point” for governments to work harder to protect Filipinos overseas. 
His department said Monday authorities were repatriating 10,000 Filipinos who had overstayed their visas in Kuwait, with more than 700 flown home already under an amnesty programme announced recently by the Kuwaiti government. Some 10mn Filipinos work abroad and the money they remit back is a lifeline of the Philippine 
economy.




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