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Monday, November 05, 2018

A Filipina Househelp in Saudi Died After Drinking Poison or Another Maltreatment Case?

Cases of abuse and maltreatment among overseas Filipino workers (OFW) deployed as household service workers (HSW) in the Middle East, particularly in Saudi Arabia can be seen in the news almost every day but in spite of the risks, many Filipinos still gamble in applying for this job as if they do not have any choices. An HSW in Saudi Arabia who was barely four months after deployment when she died of ingesting a poison according to the report received by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
Cases of abuse and maltreatment among overseas Filipino workers (OFW) deployed as household service workers (HSW) in the Middle East, particularly in Saudi Arabia can be seen in the news almost every day but in spite of the risks, many Filipinos still gamble in applying for this job as if they do not have any choices. An HSW in Saudi Arabia who was barely four months after deployment when she died of ingesting a poison according to the report received by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).      Ads  Sponsored Links        DFA said that they will conduct an investigation on the case of 44-year-old OFW Emerita Gannaban who died of poisoning in Saudi Arabia On October 29 at Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Hospital in Riyadh, DFA spokesperson Elmer Cato said.   The Philippine Embassy awaits the autopsy report to determine and confirm reports that the OFW was maltreated and poisoned.     It was Gannaban’s first deployment abroad and she should be under monitoring by her recruiters, the local YHMD International Manpower Services and Aloula recruitment office in Saudi Arabia.     Cezar Bawit, the OFW's brother, said a nurse at Prince Mohammed Abdulaziz Hospital in Saudi Arabia contacted the family on Oct. 29 about her sister. The nurse told them that her sister's mouth and internal organs were severely burned by the substance she allegedly ingested. They also noticed bruises all over the victim's body  Gannaban was recruited June 23 this year and her brother added that in her less than four months at work, his sister said she wants to come home.    “Before she died, my sister had phoned us about being maltreated...She told us she was being locked in the bathroom and had not been fed nor given time to rest properly after work,” Bawit said.    The family was about to report the situation to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration but it was too late.    He said the family would decide on a course of action, but the Department of Foreign Affairs had advised them to delay pursuing a complaint until after the repatriation of Gannaban’s remains.

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DFA said that they will conduct an investigation on the case of 44-year-old OFW from Kalinga, Emerita Gannaban who died of poisoning in Saudi Arabia On October 29 at Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Hospital in Riyadh, DFA spokesperson Elmer Cato said.

The Philippine Embassy awaits the autopsy report to determine and confirm reports that the OFW was maltreated and poisoned.


It was Gannaban’s first deployment abroad and she should be under monitoring by her recruiters, the local YHMD International Manpower Services and Aloula recruitment office in Saudi Arabia.

Cases of abuse and maltreatment among overseas Filipino workers (OFW) deployed as household service workers (HSW) in the Middle East, particularly in Saudi Arabia can be seen in the news almost every day but in spite of the risks, many Filipinos still gamble in applying for this job as if they do not have any choices. An HSW in Saudi Arabia who was barely four months after deployment when she died of ingesting a poison according to the report received by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).      Ads  Sponsored Links        DFA said that they will conduct an investigation on the case of 44-year-old OFW Emerita Gannaban who died of poisoning in Saudi Arabia On October 29 at Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Hospital in Riyadh, DFA spokesperson Elmer Cato said.   The Philippine Embassy awaits the autopsy report to determine and confirm reports that the OFW was maltreated and poisoned.     It was Gannaban’s first deployment abroad and she should be under monitoring by her recruiters, the local YHMD International Manpower Services and Aloula recruitment office in Saudi Arabia.     Cezar Bawit, the OFW's brother, said a nurse at Prince Mohammed Abdulaziz Hospital in Saudi Arabia contacted the family on Oct. 29 about her sister. The nurse told them that her sister's mouth and internal organs were severely burned by the substance she allegedly ingested. They also noticed bruises all over the victim's body  Gannaban was recruited June 23 this year and her brother added that in her less than four months at work, his sister said she wants to come home.    “Before she died, my sister had phoned us about being maltreated...She told us she was being locked in the bathroom and had not been fed nor given time to rest properly after work,” Bawit said.    The family was about to report the situation to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration but it was too late.    He said the family would decide on a course of action, but the Department of Foreign Affairs had advised them to delay pursuing a complaint until after the repatriation of Gannaban’s remains.
Cezar Bawit, the OFW's brother, said a nurse at Prince Mohammed Abdulaziz Hospital in Saudi Arabia contacted the family on Oct. 29 about her sister. The nurse told them that her sister's mouth and internal organs were severely burned by the substance she allegedly ingested. They also noticed bruises all over the victim's body
Gannaban was recruited June 23 this year and her brother added that in her less than four months at work, his sister said she wants to come home.

“Before she died, my sister had phoned us about being maltreated...She told us she was being locked in the bathroom and had not been fed nor given time to rest properly after work,” Bawit said.

The family was about to report the situation to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration but it was too late.

He said the family would decide on a course of action, but the Department of Foreign Affairs had advised them to delay pursuing a complaint until after the repatriation of Gannaban’s remains.

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