Family grieves maid found dead in Kuwait By

Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Rene Villa looks at the remains of overseas Filipino worker Joanna Demafelis at the Al Sabah Hospital in Kuwait

The family of Joanna Demafelis openly wept as the white casket was unloaded at an airport cargo terminal in the central city of Iloilo.

Ambassador Villa said Kuwaiti authorities had reassured the government they were doing their best to locate and arrest the Lebanese employer of Ms Demafelis and his Syrian wife for her murder.

TEACHING English in China could become a viable alternative for overseas Filipino workers, following the country's ban on moving to Kuwait after seven workers' deaths.

Residents lined the highway as the funeral convoy escorted by police cars and motorcycles made its way to Demafelis' hometown, about a two hour's drive from the city. That is often complicated by the workers not having proper travel and work documents, such as in Kuwait where almost 11,000 of the more than 252,000 Filipino workers are in the country illegally or not properly authorized.

It was unclear if the Philippines would continue flying home workers before the labour deal is signed.

Mr Duterte arranged free flights for Filipino residents wishing to leave Kuwait after the body of Joanna Daniela Demafelis was discovered in an abandoned apartment in the capital on February 6. They reportedly worked as household service workers in Kuwait. "They will do everything to bring the accused to justice and her death will also be a rallying point for all government agencies to be more aggressive overseas", said Cayetano in a mix of English and Filipino.

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He said the long-term solution was for the Philippines to strengthen its economy so Filipinos won't be forced to look for greener meadows.

"I will tell the President that there are many elements we can use in the Philippines", said the Philippines Finance Minister, Carlos Dominguez, who was with key business representatives at the economic event at Alibaba Business School in early February.

Duterte's administration is coming under scrutiny as the president, who has been criticized for his nationwide drug raids, is turning his attention to condoms and safe sex practices.

Duterte said 82 Filipino workers died in Kuwait in 2016 and that number rose to 103 past year, though he didn't specify the cause of death.

The Philippines' relations with some countries have at times been strained over the condition of its workers. Relations were normalized a year later.

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