President Rodrigo Duterte has met the Filipina maid who was poured with boiling water by her employer in Saudi Arabia in 2014.
On April 15, Duterte expressed his support to Pahima “Candies” Alagasi, who suffered severe burns because of her abusive female employer.
In a Facebook post by Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go, he said the President was happy that the 26-year-old Filipina was finally home.
“Patuloy po nating tutulungan ang mga kababayan nating OFWs, in any way we can assist them, be it a legal matter or be it labor and employer-related,” Go said.
“Like we have always been saying, the gates of Malacañang are always open and the ears of government officials will always listen to whatever problems our fellow Filipinos are experiencing,” he added.
Only 22 years old then, Alagasi tried to run away from her employer and sought for help from the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh.
She then found courage to file a complaint against her employer. However, the case got dismissed in a Saudi court.
To turn things much worse, her employer submitted a complaint against Alagasi for fleeing and even sought $66,000 in damages. Fortunately, this was also dismissed.
When Duterte met with Saudi Prince and Interior Minister Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif in Malacañang last March, Alagasis’ situation was raised.
The government of Riyadh then gave a go signal for Alagasi to return to the Philippines.