Published: Friday 07 September, 2018

‘Maltreated’ Pinay OFW Domestic Helper in Kuwait Allegedly Stabs Employer

OFW domestic Helper Ulambai Singgaya

OFW Ulambai Singgaya has been arrested in Kuwait.

Another Filipina domestic worker in Kuwait is in trouble. This time, for allegedly stabbing her employer. But to her defense, Ulambai Singgayan was allegedly abused by her employer and was threated to be killed.

In a statement on Friday, September 7, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Pinay domestic worker Ulambai Singgayan, who comes from Maguindanao, is under hospital arrest. Singgayan is being treated for bruises on parts of her body as well as internal bleeding in her abdomen, which was discovered via X-ray.

But, according to the DFA, despite the bruises, it is unsure if Singgayan was maltreated by her employers or if she got it during the stabbing incident on her employer.

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“Chargé d’Affaires Charleson C. Hermosura said Singgayan had visible bruises in her face, chest, and arms. An x-ray conducted in the hospital also showed internal bleeding in her abdomen,” said the DFA in its statement.

“Chargé d’Affaires Hermosura said it was not immediately clear if Singgayan had been maltreated by her employer prior to the stabbing incident. He said Singgayan was deployed to Kuwait as a household service worker in February 2017,” it added.

Initial reports from Kuwait say the domestic worker was beaten up AFTER she allegedly stabbed her employer when the latter threatened to have her visa revoked and take her to another house where she would be killed.

Further investigation is ongoing.

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Meanwhile, the DFA assures that the Filipina’s rights will be protected. 

“Our Embassy in Kuwait continues to look after our kababayan Ulambai Singgayan and is coordinating with authorities to ensure that her rights are protected,” said Sarah Lou Arriola, DFA Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs.

The case of Ulambai is one of the few alleged abuse cases in Kuwait following the restoration of labor ties with the Philippines. Earlier this year, President Duterte suspended the deployment of workers to Kuwait following cases of abuse and deaths in Filipino domestic workers, including Joanna Demafelis whose body was found dumped inside a freezer by her employers.

Labor ties have since been renewed and the suspension lifted after the two countries signed an agreement for the protection of OFWs.

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