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OFW forced to drink bleach getting better

THE condition of Filipino household service worker Agnes Mancilla, who was forced to ingest household bleach by her female employer, continues to improve, the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah said.

She was scheduled to be transferred from the intensive care unit to a regular ward.

Filipino nurses at the King Fahd Hospital in Jizan assured Consul General Edgar Badajos of the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah that they will look after Agnes until she has fully-recovered.

Agnes expressed her appreciation to Badajos and other officials of the Consulate General in Jeddah for all the assistance being extended to her.

Badajos said Agnes’s hands were full of abrasions resulting from her handling of chemical agents without using gloves.

The Consul General said preparations are being made to transfer Agnes to a hospital in Jeddah, where she can easily be provided with support by the Consulate General and her family when they arrive in Jeddah.

REVIEW OF PH-SAUDI ARABIA TIES SOUGHT

FOLLOWING report of an overseas Filipino worker who was forced to drink household bleach in Jeddah, the women’s party-list group urged the administration to review the ties between the Philippines and Saudi Arabia.

Gabriela Party-list Rep. Emmi de Jesus filed House Resolution 625 calling for an investigation into the case of Mancilla.

The resolution all calls for an assessment of the ties between the two countries.

De Jesus said the case of Mancilla was a wake up call for the government to have an on-ground assessment of the plight of migrant workers in the Middle East.

“This glaring case of abuse against Mancilla bolsters the House resolution to conduct a parliamentary visit and assessment of government assistance to OFWs in the Kingdom of Saudia Arabia,” De Jesus said.

“Dapat nang mahinto ang ganitong di-makataong pagtrato sa ating mga kababayan sa ibang bansa,” she added.

The female lawmaker also asked President Rodrigo Duterte to review the labor cooperation agreement between the Philippines and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia primarily concerned with labor deployment over the rights and welfare of OFWs.

She likewise asked for the creation of decent jobs in the Philippines instead of relying on labor export and deployment.