Investigating the deaths of OFWs

Senator Joel Villanueva (3rd from left), chair of the Senate Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development, expresses his frustration over the deaths of 185 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Kuwait, the latest casualty being Joanna Demafelis, who was found dead in the freezer of her Lebanese employer’s apartment. “What’s infuriating is that this isn’t the first time it happened. This happens over and over. Imagine, 185 deaths in just two years. That’s how many lives were lost before we took action. We’re talking about lives here, not of mice or cockroaches, but lives of Filipinos who took chances abroad and whom we call the new heroes of our country,” Villanueva lamented during a Senate inquiry, Wednesday, February 21, 2018. Also in photo are (from left) Senators Sherwin Gatchalian, Franklin M. Drilon, and Manny Pacquiao. (Photo by ALBERT CALVELO)

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