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Abused OFW back in PHL, narrates ordeal in Kuwait

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For failing to understand what her employer was saying, OFW Ruby Caduyag was assaulted physically.

Caduyag arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Monday, bringing with her tales of woe from her 14-month stint as a domestic worker in Kuwait.

"Andami niyang sinabi sa akin. Grabe 'yung takot ko. Nanginginig ako doon," Caduyag said in a report by GMA News' Marisol Abdurahman on Balitanghali on Tuesday.

Caduyag, a native of Cagayan de Oro City, said once, her employer even spat on her face.

"Walang kain dun sa kuwarto, walang tubig," she said.

"Pag-uwi ko pa grabe, inano 'yung buhok ko tsaka dinuraan mukha ko."

Caduyag was sent back to the Philippines with the help of her employer's child.

The OFW has already been brought to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration for assistance.

The incident came four months after the signing of a labor welfare protection agreement between Manila and Kuwait.

Rising incidents of abuses against Filipino domestic helpers, where some resulted to death, previously prompted the Philippine government to enforce a deployment ban, sparking a diplomatic row between the two states.

Kuwait was also angered by the Philippine embassy’s series of rescue operation of Filipino maids allegedly abused by their employers.

The ban was lifted days after the labor pact was signed in May, signaling normalization of the two countries’ relations.

Kuwait is a major labor destination for Filipinos in the Middle East, with over 250,000 currently working there, mostly as domestic helpers. —KBK, GMA News

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