Press Release
August 24, 2011

Villar lauds officials' action to help get justice for OFW's death

The Philippine Embassy in Kuwait has assured Sen. Manny Villar that they are doing everything to ensure that justice will be served in the case of an overseas Filipino worker found dead after falling from the 8th floor of a residential building in Fintas.

In a letter to Villar, Amb. Shulan Primavera said that the embassy "has been extending all appropriate and legal assistance in ensuring that justice will be served to late OFW Montesoso."

The letter was in response to the communication sent to Foreign Affairs Sec. Albert del Rosario by Villar last week, pushing for an investigation to determine the true cause of the death of Montesoso and requesting assistance for the immediate repatriation of the remains.

Villar lauded the efforts of the Philippine embassy officials in Kuwait to help solve the mystery surrounding Montesoso's death.

"Ako ay nalulugod dahil tinugon ng DFA at ng ating embahada sa Kuwait ang ating panawagan na mabusising imbestigahan ang pagkamatay ni Juvy. Malaking bagay ito para sa mga naulila ni Juvy lalo na sa kanyang anim na taong gulang na anak," Villar said.

Primavera also informed Villar that Daligdig Tanandato, Head of Assistance to Nationals Unit of the embassy, has been attending to the case of Montesoso and had coordinated with Fintas Police authorities, forensic medicine authorities and witnesses to gather necessary information to establish whether or not there was foul play in Montesoso's death.

They also tapped the services of a lawyer there, Atty. Al Almas, to assist the embassy on legal matters pertaining to the case.

Villar has instructed his Sagip-OFW Helpline staff to inform the family of Montesoso about the contents of the letter from the Philippine embassy in Kuwait.

"We are thankful for this update and we will continue to ask the embassy to keep us posted on the investigation being conducted on Juvy's case," Villar said.

Villar learned the case of Montesoso in his recent visit to Cebu City for the Global CSR Summit. Juvy's sister, Rochelle, met Villar at a radio station there.

Juvy started working in Kuwait as a domestic helper in 2008. After which, she became a receptionist at the Fintas Hotel of the same country. On August 5, her family received the unfortunate news of her demise. According to reports, on August 5 at 9 am, Juvy jumped to her death from the 8th floor of a residential building.

According to witnesses, Juvy was last seen the night of August 4 with her boyfriend who is a member of the US Military.

Villar assured Rochelle that he will help repatriate the remains of Juvy and will help in the education of the six-year-old daughter she left behind.

Primavera also committed to inform Villar of the flight details of the remains as soon as possible.

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