Body of murdered Filipina worker returns home
February 16 2018 12:16 PM
Jessica, sister of Filipina overseas worker Joanna Demafelis, cries in front of a wooden casket containing her sister's body after its arrival in Manila on Friday. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (centre) looks on.


The body of a Philippine maid found stuffed in a freezer in Kuwait arrived home to a tearful welcome on Friday.
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 on Friday, 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". 
Authorities say 252,000 Filipinos work in Kuwait, many as maids.
Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said on Friday 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 on 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 10 million Filipinos work abroad and the money they remit back is a lifeline of the Philippine economy.

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