The remains of Jullebee Cabilis Ranara, the Pinay household worker who was allegedly brutally murdered by the 17-year-old son of her employer in Kuwait, are expected to arrive in the Philippines on Friday.
In a press briefing this Thursday, Foreign Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Eduardo De Vega said that Jullebee Cabilis Ranara’s employer covered the expenses to bring her remains back to the Philippines.
The charred body of the victim was found on Sunday in the desert. Based on media reports in Kuwait, the 17-year-old suspect allegedly raped and impregnated the victim.
It is said that the suspect also ran over Jullebee Cabilis Ranara twice. Authorities have arrested the suspect.
De Vega refused to provide details on the victim’s case out of respect for her family.
The embassy is obtaining official confirmation from Kuwaiti authorities on the details and tragic circumstances surrounding the death of Ms. Ranara that were reported in English and Arabic news media in Kuwait,” DFA stated.
The DFA welcomed the quick action of the Kuwaiti Police, especially in arresting the suspect.
It is said that the Philippine Embassy will continue to communicate with the Kuwaiti Government regarding the case. The DFA has also hired a new lawyer to focus on the case.
“We have an embassy funded lawyer on retainer, who handles not just this case but all cases of Filipino migrant workers in Kuwait. He has been assisting the ambassador and vice consul in discussions with the Kuwaiti prosecutor in the pursuit of justice for Jullebee,” said De Vega.
Remains of OFW Jullebee Cabilis Ranara to arrive on Friday
“The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) announced that they are hiring a lawyer or they have hired a lawyer. We will give way to them if that is the case,” the official added.
DMW allegedly announced that the private lawyer would assist the public prosecutors, especially since the suspect is a minor.
“The suspect is a minor. Well, that’s exactly the reason why we are retaining our legal services to be able to navigate ‘yung criminal justice system sa Kuwait,” said DMW spokesperson Toby Nebrida.
“Mabilis naman ‘yung, for example, ‘yung arrest ano and then ‘yung nahanap ‘yung remains in less than 24 hours after she was reported missing wala kaming nakikitang hadlang doon sa coordination work that is being done,” added Nebrida.
Apart from death benefits and insurance, Jullebee Cabilis Ranara’s four children will receive educational scholarships that are part of the benefits provided by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).
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