Report finds Filipino worker died of natural causes

Report from the investigation team looking into the recent death of 47-year-old Filipino domestic helper, Constancia Lago Dayag, reveal that she died of natural causes and that no criminal play was involved.

In the midst of Philippine government’s denial about the suspension of sending workers to Kuwait citing the agreement signed between the two friendly countries, the Al-Qabas sources confirmed that the criminal investigation officers listened to the testimony of the employer, who said he was surprised by the death of his domestic helper inside her room. The authorities have not slapped any charges against him.

Preliminary inspection showed that the death was from natural causes and that there was no suspicion of any criminal activity behind her demise, according to a report filed by the criminal investigation team set up to probe the incident. The forensic report into the death is expected shortly.

Investigation by detectives showed that relationship between the household helper and her employer was good and there were no problems between them. It was also revealed that Ms. Dayag was planning to soon travel to her home for vacation in agreement with her sponsor.

Report by the investigators says that on finding the maid’s room locked and receiving no response to their repeated knocking on the door, the sponsor had informed the Interior Ministry’s Operations Room. Firemen who were then summoned to the scene forced open the door and found the maid dead in her bed.  Reports of foul-play reported in sections of the media were quite unfounded, said a source at the ministry.

Meanwhile, the Vice Consul at the Philippines Embassy Charleson Hermosura confirmed that there is no ban on sending Filipino workers to Kuwait and that recruitment process was going on uninterrupted. “There are no instructions from the Philippines State Department on the ban on sending labor and we are awaiting the results of the Kuwaiti forensic department,” said Hermosura.

The vice-consul also denied and deplored rumors on some social media accounts that accused the embassy of being obsessed with the death of the maid. He added, “The Philippine embassy has always been transparent and we have allowed the media access to information on this and other cases that we have had in the past.” He added that the embassy, with the help of the Kuwait government, would follow all legal means to find out the truth and achieve justice for the deceased.

He also said there was no truth to rumors that the Philippines government was looking into reviewing the bilateral agreement signed between the two countries on providing greater protection for Filipino workers in Kuwait.