Philippines allows holidaying Filipino workers to return to Kuwait

Government repatriates 332 more workers from Kuwait

Kuwait's foreign minister tried to calm anger in the Philippines on Tuesday after a Filipina worker was found dead in a freezer, hoping to defuse an ordered "total ban" on workers coming to the small, oil-rich nation.

There have been prominent cases of abuse in the past, including an incident in December 2014 where a Kuwaiti's pet lions fatally mauled a Filipina maid.

The DFA, in a statement, said Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Rene Villa viewed on Wednesday the remains of Joanna Demafelis as preparation for its repatriation.

As Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has made good on his threat to ban his citizens from going to Kuwait for work, some 10,000 Filipino workers are now stranded in their home country despite having all the necessary documents, said recruitment and migration expert Emmanuel Geslani.

The figures of the group show the number of Filipino workers who died in Kuwait has increased in the past two years.

Those interviewed by Arab News, majority household workers, said they went to Kuwait to provide a better life for their families. 'Separate accidents unfortunately happen, and we are providing our Filipino counterparts with the results of the investigations, ' he said.

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"This escalation will not serve the relationship between Kuwait and the Philippines", Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Sabah told reporters in Kuwait City.

He was speaking at a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during a meeting in Kuwait of the global coalition against Islamic State.

Domestic workers in Kuwait are not covered by ordinary labour legislation. Kuwaiti police also are offering details on Filipino killings to his diplomats.

Duterte said on February 9 that his government would ask private airlines to evacuate Filipino nationals from Kuwait within 72 hours, after the discovery of the dead body of a Filipino migrant worker in a freezer.

"Ang challenge sa ating gobyerno ay dapat panindigan natin ang panawagan ng presidente sa pag ban sa deployment ng mga vulnerable sector especially the domestic workers".

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