MANILA, Jan 23: An official tried to intervene in the investigation of the case of slain Filipino household worker in Kuwait, Jeanelyn Villavende, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III revealed last Tuesday, reports PhilStar.com. “Somebody asked me not to seek help from the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) anymore for the autopsy (of the victim),” he told the hearing of the House committee on overseas workers, chaired by TUCP party-list Rep Raymond Democrito Mendoza.
Bello stopped short of naming the individual, but said he rejected the person’s request. He said he grew suspicious of why the official tried to stop him from seeking an independent probe by the NBI to determine the cause of Villavende’s death.
The labor chief said he rejected the request and immediately asked the NBI to conduct the re-autopsy of Villavende’s body once it arrived in the country. “I cannot reveal now (the name of the official). Only in an executive session will I reveal this,” he told lawmakers. However, none of the lawmakers moved to hold an executive session for Bello to identify the person.