BALANGA CITY, Bataan: The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines–Episcopal Commission on the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (CBCP–ECMI) on Saturday condemned the brutal rape of an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in Saudi Arabia and urged the government to hold her placement agency accountable.
The Department of Foreign Affairs has identified the victim as Irma Edloy who died Thursday night of heart attack reportedly after seeing her alleged rapist at a hospital in Riyadh.
“Our hearts are pained again by the deep sad news of the death of our kababayan Irma who was brutally raped in Saudi. Her noble intention to be an OFW to be able to provide for the needs of her family and loved ones and uplift their life has turned to tragedy,” Bataan Bishop Ruperto Santos, CBCP–ECMI chair said.
The prelate asked the Labor department to closely look into the recruitment process Edloy underwent and to hold the employment agency criminally accountable.
Santos added that the government should prosecute the persons behind the agency and make sure no one else falls victim to them. He also reminded ther Philippine embassy officials to redouble their efforts in protecting the OFWs and safeguard their human and labor rights.
The bishop also asked everyone to pray that Irma’s soul may find rest and peace and “for all our OFWs that they may be always safe from harm and distress,” he said.
ERNIE B. ESCONDE