Locsin: All PH wants is fair trial for Villavende

January 27, 2020

All the Philippines want is for Kuwait court to have a fair trial to give justice for overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Jeanelyn Villavende who was beaten to death by the wife of her employer in Kuwait.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., on his twitter account said this in reaction to a news article by the state-run Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) quoting the Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs as saying his (Locsin) remarks “contained an unacceptable transgression against jurisdictions of Kuwaiti security and judicial authorities.”  

Locsin stressed “any attempt at interfering would be in vain.”

“ALL WE DEMAND IS A TRIAL. WE’LL SEE WHERE IT GOES FROM THERE,” Locsin said on his twitter account.  

Locsin reiterated he is not interested in talking about labor standards.

“NOT INTERESTED IN TALKING ABOUT LABOR STANDARDS. I WON’T TRADE A LIFE FOR A STANDARD,” he tweeted.

The Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry said Locsin’s statement was an “unusual approach in dealing with countries.”

“It runs counter to the simplest rules of international relations,” KUNA said in its report published on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020.

“The Filipino secretary’s remark represents an attempt to influence the ongoing investigations. Kuwait is known for its commitment to ensuring the safety and security of all who live on its soil and punishing law violators in accordance with the provisions of the country’s laws and in a manner that guarantees the rule of law and justice for all,” KUNA quoted its source from the Kuwaiti government.

The DFA hired a topnotch lawyer to prosecute the case and was instructed not to suggest or accept blood money from her killers.

“I renounce and reject any offer of blood money for her torture/murder. I want two lives for the life they took,” Locsin stressed.  

He also warned to fire anyone in the DFA who would  suggest on improving Kuwait’s labor standards saying he will not accept it.

“All I care about is blood for blood,” he added.  

The Philippines has imposed a ban on the deployment of OFWs to Kuwait following Villavende’s death.