• Detained OFW in Israel freed, to return home this week

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    AN overseas Filipino worker (OFW) jailed in Israel since July, has already been freed and is set to come back home to the Philippines, Vice President Jejomar Binay on Tuesday announced.

    Binay, who is also the Presidential adviser on OFWs Concerns said Winnie Rose Ganaden will be finally reunited with her family when she returns in the country on Thursday.

    “I am pleased to inform Ms. Ganaden’s family that they will finally be reunited on Thursday evening [October 10],” Binay said.

    Ganaden was detained by Israeli police on July 19, after she was charged by her employer’s family of alleged physical abuse of the elderly.

    The OFW had denied the allegation, with her relatives claiming she was falsely accused after signifying her intent of leaving her employer.

    Her lawyers pleaded for her to be placed under house arrest, which the judge granted provided she could present to the court an Israeli national who would stand as guarantor.

    The court had also ordered a social worker to interview Ganaden to assess her condition in prison.

    She was able to present two guarantors, but had remained in prison after the social worker assigned to interview her failed to show up during Ganaden’s hearing.

    The Vice President had appealed to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to extend all needed assistance, particularly legal aid, to Ganaden in September.

    He was made aware of Ganaden’s case after her relatives sought his help in securing her release.

    Binay also lauded the DFA and the Philippine Embassy in Israel for closely monitoring her case.

    “Their involvement and dedication have been instrumental in preventing our kababayan from unjustly spending time in prison,” he said. RITCHIE A. HORARIO

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