A Filipina domestic helper in Iraq is now receiving assistance from Philippine officials after she was assaulted and threatened by a relative of her employer.
The OFW, Alice Aguilan, was able to broadcast the assault through Facebook Live, GMA News' JP Soriano reported on 24 Oras on Tuesday.
The report said Aguilan started the livestream after she was beaten by her employer's relative, who also works as a houseboy, for failing to perform a task he asked her to do.
During the livestream, Aguilan pointed to the suspect who was then performing a salat or ritual prayer and asked her viewers to take a screenshot of the man.
"'Yang hayop na 'yan o, wala amo ko kaya binugbog ako. Pinagsasakal ako tsaka sinuntok ako at hinampas ako nang hinampas ng step-in," an emotional Aguilan said in the video.
The suspect then stopped praying and attacked her by pulling her hair. He only stopped when Aguilan's fellow housekeeper pulled him aside. He then threatened her by making a slashing motion at his throat.
Aguilan decided to seek assistance from the Philippine Embassy after her employers, whom she described as kindly, made no indications that they will protect her after she reported the incident.
Because of her status as an undocumented and overstaying OFW, Aguilan accepted a settlement instead of filing a case against her attacker.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano was able to speak with Aguilan some time after she received medical attention at the Embassy.
Data from the Philippine Embassy showed that there are 4,000 registered OFWs currently in Iraq. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News