• Demafelis employer arrested in Lebanon


    THE employer of a Filipino worker who was found in a freezer in Kuwait was arrested in Lebanon, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Friday.

    Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said in a statement that the arrest of Lebanese national Nader Essam Assaf was the “first step” in seeking justice for Joanna Demafelis.

    “The President welcomes the news that Nader Essam Assaf is now in the hands of the authorities in Lebanon,” Cayetano said.

    “Assaf’s arrest is a critical first step in our quest for justice for Joanna and we are thankful to our friends in Kuwait and Lebanon for their assistance.”

    Assaf and his Syrian wife, Mona, have been the subjects of an Interpol manhunt after Demafelis’ body was discovered inside a freezer in their abandoned apartment in Kuwait earlier in February.

    The death of Demafelis led to the total ban on the deployment of OFWs to Kuwait.

    On Thursday, President Duterte visited the wake of Demafelis in Iloilo. ARIC JOHN SY CUA


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