Kuwait City: A Filipina domestic helper is being held by Kuwaiti authorities for allegedly stabbing her employer.
The Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said that they in contact with Kuwaiti authorities investigating the case of Ulambai Singgayan, who hails from Maguindanao.
A DFA statement said the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait is assisting the distressed household service worker from Maguindanao and is in touch with Kuwaiti authorities investigating her case.
“Our embassy in Kuwait continues to look after Ulambai Singgayan and is coordinating with authorities to ensure that her rights are protected,” Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola said.
“Ulambai and her family here in the Philippines have our assurance that the DFA will provide her with legal and other assistance that she may require,” Arriola said.
The embassy dispatched a team to the hospital where Ulambai is being treated for injuries allegedly inflicted on her by members of her employer’s family.
According to the initial information gathered by the embassy, Singgayan was allegedly beaten up after she allegedly stabbed her employer, who had allegedly threatened to have her visa revoked and move her to another house.
Chargé d’Affaires Charleson C Hermosura said Singgayan had visible bruises on her face, chest and arms. An x-ray conducted in the hospital also showed internal bleeding in her abdomen.
Hermosura said it is not immediately clear if Singgayan had been maltreated by her employer prior to the stabbing incident. He said Singgayan was deployed to Kuwait as a household service worker in Feb 2017.
He added that Singgayan is facing felony charges and is currently under hospital arrest reported Kuwait Times.
Meanwhile, Deputy Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah met with Philippine Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers Abdullah Mamao and accompanying officials.