The Philippine government has filed a case of criminal negligence resulting to homicide against the employer of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Kuwait who died after being attacked by her employer’s pet lion, Vice President Jejomar Binay said on Friday.
“Consul General Raul Dado has informed me that they already filed a case against the employer and that the Philippine embassy in Kuwait is doing everything to repatriate the body as soon as possible,” Binay said.
“I have asked our embassy and the other agencies of government to work together so we can provide all the help to the family,” he added.
According to reports, Lourdes Hingco Abejuela was doing laundry on the rooftop where her employer’s lion was kept. The cage was left unlocked and the lion attacked her.
Binay said officials of the Philippine Embassy are investigating what happened at the hospital to verify reports of negligence.
Reports said Abejuela was brought to a hospital after the incident but was immediately discharged after her employer allegedly lied to doctors, saying that a dog attacked her. On December 10, Abejuela died.
Under Kuwaiti law, residents are not allowed to own lions and other wild animals as pets.