- Filipinos all over the world wanted justice to be served over a slain Overseas Filipino Worker
- The killers of Joanna Demafelis was sentenced to death by Kuwait court
- They will be hanged to death as per a judicial source
Filipinos were enraged over the gruesome murder of Joana Demafelis, the 29-year-old maid whose body was found in a freezer in Kuwait earlier this year.
A Kuwaiti court on Sunday sentenced in absentia a Lebanese man and his Syrian wife to death by hanging over the murder of a Filipina maid, according to a report by Abs-cbn.
The report also says that sentencing can still be appealed if the couple returns to Kuwait.
The murder of Demafelis prompted the Philippine government to impose a departure ban for its citizens planning to work in the Gulf state.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III welcomed the "swift justice" for Demafelis' death.
According to him, this latest development could cause a partial lifting on the deployment ban.
"This, plus the signing of the MOU may give me the reason to recommend to the President the partial lifting of the total deployment ban," he said in a statement.
The Lebanese-Syrian couple was arrested in February in the Syrian capital Damascus following an Interpol manhunt.
According to reports, Syrian authorities handed the husband, Nader Essam Assaf, over to Lebanese authorities, while his Syrian wife remained in custody in Damascus.
Many Filipinos and Filipinas work in Kuwait to help their families back home.
An estimated 252,000 Filipinos and Filipinas work in Kuwait and depend on remittances to help their families back home.
Hundreds of skilled overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) affected by the total deployment ban to Kuwait
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