THE Philippine government is seeking justice for Amy Capulong Santiago, an overseas Filipino worker who died after she was allegedly beaten by her Kuwaiti employer.
In a text message, foreign office spokesman Charles Jose confirmed Santiago’s death from alleged beating and later brought to the Farwaniya Hospital.
“The Embassy is working closely with Kuwait police in investigation and eventual prosecution of the suspect,” Jose said.
The report came from Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III that a Filipino household service worker in Kuwait died of alleged beating in Kuwait.
According to reports from the Assistance to Nationals Unit of the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait, records of the Abdullah Al Mubarak Police Directorate General of Criminal Evidence showed old and fresh bruises on various parts of Santiago’s body, mostly on her back.
DFA Office of Migrant Workers Affairs executive director Raul Dado said upon learning of the unfortunate fate of Santiago, his department instructed the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait for a full investigation.
Dado also said aside from the DFA order to hire a lawyer who will represent the case, he also ordered the suspension of the agency and black list the employer of Santiago.
Dado said the male and female employers are currently detained at the police station.
He said the male employer was arrested while the female one surrendered at the Abdullah Al Mubarak Police Station.
Both are now detained and under investigation by the Kuwait police authorities to determine whether there was foul play over Santiago’s death, Dado said.