Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte orders a ban on deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait

Last Updated: Feb 14 2018 18:40

According to a media report, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's administration ordered a ban on the overseas deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait after the deaths of several women.

As per the CNN reports, as many as 10,000 Filipino workers in Kuwait are expected to take up the Philippine government’s offer of a free flight home after the body of their compatriot 29-year-old Joanna Demafelis was found stuffed in a freezer.

"I will sell my soul to the devil to look for money so that you can come home and live comfortably here," Duterte said Tuesday.

"They will return bringing with them virtually nothing but sad stories of how their dreams for a better life for their loved ones got shattered by exploitation and abuse."

"They are the first of hundreds who have heeded the President's call for them to go home so they could escape further maltreatment abroad," Philippines Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said on Facebook.