Philippines Rejects PHP 7.5 Million Blood Money Payment to Death of Filipina OFW in Kuwait

#JusticeforJeanelyn, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has ordered PH Ambassador to Kuwait Mohd. Noordin Pendosina Lomondot to stop the PHP7.5 million blood money payment over the death of an overseas Filipino worker in Kuwait.

In a recent report from Philippine News Agency, the DFA Secretary mentions that it will not negotiate with any attempt for blood money for the case of the slain Pinay domestic worker, Jeanelyn Villavende.

No Blood Money Will Be Accepted for Slain OFW Filipina – Jeanelyn Vilavende

Villavende’s death sparked outrage among many Filipinos after news of her murder case circulated social media. Aside from murder, investigation reports also cited that the Filipina was tortured by her employer’s wife due to jealousy months before her death.

This case also prompted the Philippine government to impose an indefinite deployment ban of domestic workers with new contracts at the time.

Below is a tweet from Philippines DFA Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. directed the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait to stop the payment of P7.5 million in blood money to the family of slain OFW Jeanelyn Villavende.

“The PHP7.5 million blood money to pay off this horror is changing hands even as I tweet; ordered Kuwait PE (Philippine Embassy) Lomondot to stop it,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said on Monday as he retweeted the photo of the deceased OFW.

He added that the Philippines “must match” the PHP7.5 million offered to the OFW’s surviving kin. “Lomondot must make sure the court judgment of death is carried out,” he said.

On Dec. 30, 2020, the Kuwaiti Court of First Instance sentenced Jeanelyn’s female employer to death by hanging and her male employer to four years in prison. 

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