Pinay rape victim in Saudi passes away


A Filipina domestic helper in Saudi Arabia who went into a coma after she was allegedly raped by her employer has passed away.

Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd said Irma Avila Edloy, 35, died at the King Salman Hospital in Riyadh because of severe injuries.

“The latest news is she passed away. When I visited her at the hospital, she did not look good. I even raised my voice to the attending nurses because based on what I saw she was not taken well of. She was attached to a respirator and the bandage on her lips was not clean,” said Bello in a radio interview from Jeddah.

“I tried to talk to her. I introduced myself and whispered to her to move her fingers if she can hear me but there was no response,” he added.

The nurse who took care of Edloy said the Filipina died at 11:45 p.m. on August 18.

Medical reports of Edloy showed that she sustained lacerations in her private parts. She also had multiple bruises on her face and body.

The victim arrived in Saudi Arabia on July 28 or barely a month before the alleged rape happened.

Bello said one of the nurses narrated that Edloy’s employer went to the hospital and appeared to be very tense and afraid. When the nursed asked the victim if she was maltreated, the woman pointed to her employer.

“Before she went unconscious, the nurse told me that the employer went there which elicited a reaction from Irma. The employer allegedly appeared tense and left. And when the nurse asked her if she was maltreated, she pointed to her employer. She cannot speak, she just pointed,” the Labor chief said.

But Bello voiced suspicion that Edloy may have been a victim of gang rape because of the extent of the injuries that she suffered.

“I suspect that it was not ordinary rape. It might be a gang rape although these are all speculations,” he said.

The DOLE chief said he directed the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) to work out for the immediate repatriation of the remains of the victim. He also instructed the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to suspend the agency that recruited Edloy while an investigation is ongoing.

From Jeddah, Bello is proceeding to Oslo, Norway for the peace talks with the National Democratic Front. WILLIAM B. DEPASUPIL



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  1. It is time for our government to decide….. we have new administration… it is only sad that the victim serve as instrument for the case BUT PLEASE LET US STOP OUR HOSEMAIDS BE SENT ABROAD…. WE HAVE OUR MEN AND LET OUR MEN WORK NOT OUR WOMEN

  2. It is sad this happened to a hapless individual whose desire is to find a source of livelihood in a far, far away foreign country . Her employer who had done this allegedly based on her testimony to the nurse when asked who did it to her and pointing to her employer in answer when her employer was present thereat in the hospital is to be punished to the fullest measure of the law. If true, this animal should be hanged or die by means of guillotine. Or, better yet, cut his “Ari” so he cannot anymore do his beastly act. My condolence to the family of the victim.

    • OMG!!! It’s like a lamb thrown in the midst of ravenous wolves. All these young inexperience,

      defenseless Filipino women, whose only desires are to make a better life for them and their families

      are easy victims of the worst possible attacks on their person. It makes me cry to hear news like

      these coming from these parts of the world and still we let our daughters and wives and sisters go

      and offer themselves as sacrifice for a slaungter. It makes me sick that there are agencies allowed

      to prosper and operate whose intentions are not pure and their lack of sense of responsibility toward

      men and women in their “care”, are given to trusted employers who are checked carefully of any

      anomalies and continously checked and communications flowing with the responsible agencies to

      keep tab of their wellbeing. When these employers think they have these individuals as their

      property that they can do what they want, take their passports away. abuse them and keep them as

      slaves instead of a househelp and respected member of the household, then the agency has to take

      action……Maybe it is time for the government to act as the agencies , take full responsibilities for

      the employment and welfare of these precious taxpayers, job given to trusted and not corrupt