KUWAIT CITY, May 18: Kuwait is following with concern details of death of Filipina citizen Constancia Lago Dayag, Foreign Ministry said on Saturday. In a statement issued by the Department of Consular Affairs, the Ministry offered sincere condolences to the family of the deceased, adding that it is following up with authorities the circumstances of the incident.
The statement added that the Philippines’ authorities would be informed of the results of the investigation, stressing that the State of Kuwait has laws that preserves the rights of all residents. “The Philippine Embassy is working closely with Kuwaiti authorities on the investigation on the death of Filipina household service worker Constancia Lago Dayag who was allegedly physically and sexually assaulted.
We are closely coordinating with the Kuwait Forensic Department and Criminal Investigation Department to ferret the truth surrounding the death of Ms Dayag,” disclosed Philippine Vice-Consul Charleson Hermosura on Saturday to the Arab Times. Hermosura confirmed that according to the initial reports received by the embassy, Dayag, 47, a native of Agadanan, Isabela was rushed at noon on May 14 by an ambulance to the Al Sabah Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.
Her body allegedly bore various bruises and contusions and was allegedly sexually abused.
“All of the initial reports coming out have to be supported by the official report from the Kuwait Forensic Department and that’s what we are waiting for, the results of the investigation and we will take it from there,” explained Hermosura.
Dayag arrived in Kuwait in 2016 and worked for the same employer. “We have gathered that after completing her two year contract, she went home to the Philippines and returned to Kuwait under the same employer,” stated Hermosura.
Hermosura reiterated that the embassy with the help of the Kuwait government will exhaust all legal means to know the truth and bring justice to Dayag’s death.
“The Philippine embassy expresses its deepest condolences to the family of Ms Dayag. Rest assured that we will do all our best to expedite the investigation so we can repatriate the remains of Ms Dayag and make sure that justice will be served,” stressed Hermosura.
He added that the Philippine Embassy under the leadership of Charge d’ Affaires Mohd Noordin Pendosina Lomondot has already assigned a legal counsel to handle the case of Dayag.
With the recent death of Dayag, the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment is mulling on the re-imposition of the deployment ban on Filipino domestic workers to Kuwait.
However, Hermosura clarified that there is no deployment ban as of now. “It’s more of a wait-and-see right now as we await the results of the Kuwait Forensic Department. So far, there is no instruction from the Department of Foreign Affairs regarding the deployment ban. The deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait stays,” explained Hermosura.
Finally, Hermosura clarified that there is no truth to the news that has been circulating on the social media that the Philippine Embassy in implementing a news blackout on Dayag’s case. “The Philippine Embassy has been always transparent and we have given media access to information on Dayag’s case and other cases that we had in the past. We will keep the public updated all the time,” assured Hermosura.
By Michelle Fe Santiago Arab Times Staff and Agencies