“OFWs around the world are one with the family in mourning the death of Saudi domestic helper Irma Edloy Jotojot, a victim of rape, murder, and illegal recruitment. Mahigpit kaming nakikiisa sa panawagan ng pamilya para sa hustisya!”
This was the message of Mic Catuira, Secretary-General of Migrante International, as they waited alongside the OFW’s family for her homecoming in Valenzuela.
Duped by her employer and agency Rejoice Employment International Corporation, Irma only got ahold of her contract on the day of her departure. She was deployed to Jeddah despite of her contract stating that she will be working in Riyadh.
On August 12, her family received a phone call from a “concerned citizen” and informed them that Irma has been in the hospital for two days. She was allegedly unable to speak, covered with bruises and was bleeding profusely. The family contacted her agency but did not pay attention to their report.
She passed away after a few days. Her medical records stated that she died of unknown natural causes. Her remains arrived in the country on October 2.
“We are again enraged at this latest injustice against our fellow OFW. We join Irma’s family in calling for a probe on her death. Foul play is evident in this case. We fully support her family in calling for due punishment for her murderer,” said Catuira.
The National Bureau of Investigation, through the family’s request, has already conducted a re-autopsy. Results are due to be released in a few days.
Catuira called on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Department of Foreign Affairs to take a more active stance on resolving her case especially that they were able to visit her in the hospital. “They know very well that she did not die of natural cause,” said Catuira.
“The current administration should work double-time in creating jobs at home so that no one would be forced to leave the country just for the need to survive. Hanggat nagpapatuloy ang pagsandig ng ating pamahalaan sa pangangalakal ng mga Pilipino, hindi maiiwasang mauulit ang ganitong lagim sa mga OFW,” Catuira concluded.