Some 10,000 Filipino domestic workers are expected to take up President Rodrigo Duterte’s offer of a free flight home from Kuwait, amid growing welfare concerns following the alleged murder of a maid.
The safety of the 276,000 Filipinos who work in the Gulf nation, many as domestic workers, has been in the spotlight after the body of Joanna Demafelis was found in the freezer of her employer’s flat last Wednesday. The 29-year-old had been missing for a year.
Amid mounting public outrage over the killing, the Philippines has taken steps to repatriate 10,000 Filipinos who have overstayed their work visas in Kuwait, offering to pay airfares and visa fines.
“I will sell my soul to the devil to look for money so that you can come home and live comfortably here,” Duterte said Tuesday.
Manila has also banned its citizens from taking up new roles in Kuwait. CNN reported Wednesday that 2,200 Filipinos …