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OFW forced to drink bleach fights for life

  • Written by Cristina Lee-Pisco
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AN overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Saudi Arabia is in serious condition in a hospital after her employer allegedly forced her to drink household bleach, the Department of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.

The Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah is closely coordinating with authorities in Saudi Arabia regarding the condition of Agnes Mancilla, a household service worker, who remains in serious but stable condition at the King Fahad Central Hospital in Jizan in southwestern Saudi Arabia.

“We would like to assure our kababayans that we are working closely with authorities in Jizan to make sure that justice will be given to Agnes Mancilla,” Consul General Edgar Badajos said.

Mancilla was rushed unconscious by concerned members of the Filipino Community to the Jizan King Fahd Central Hospital on April 2 after her lady employer allegedly forced her to ingest household bleach.
    
The OFW underwent laparotomy immediately after she was taken to the hospital to flush out the bleach from her stomach. Doctors also found burn marks on her back.
    
Badajos said Consulate officials also visited Mancilla and made representations with authorities in Jizan to make sure charges were filed against her employer who was later arrested by police.
    
“The Consulate will regularly send representatives to Jizan to follow up her case with the police and to look into her condition,” Badajos added.
    
He said the Consulate General has also requested the assistance of the Filipino Community in Jizan to help monitor the condition of Mancilla.
    
According to Badajos, Mancilla has been working in Saudi Arabia since 2016 but was repeatedly physically abused by her lady employer and was not being paid her salary.