Blacklisting, charges loom vs Ranara employer, recruiters

Kuwait. (Google Maps)
Kuwait. (Google Maps)

THE Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) on Friday, January 27, 2023, said blacklisting and recruitment charges are being readied against the Kuwaiti employer and recruitment agencies of slain overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Jullebee Ranara.

In a virtual press conference, DMW Undersecretary Bernard Olalia said that legal actions are already underway for those that hired Ranara to work in Kuwait.

"With respect to the foreign employer that hired Jullebee Ranara, we have imposed disciplinary action," said Olalia.

"We already preventively suspended the employer because of the death of our OFW... definitely, the employer will be blacklisted," he added.

He said the local and foreign recruitment agencies, identified as Catalist International and Platinum International Office, respectively, are also set to face administrative charges.

"Catalist, which is the local recruitment agency, and its foreign counterpart, Platinum, are set to face recruitment violation cases," said the official.

"Our investigation is ongoing. Once their negligence is proven, definitely, it will result to sanctions," Olalia added.

Last Sunday, Ranara was found dead in a desert with her remains burnt.

The primary suspect in her killing is the 17-year-old son of her employer.

Ranara comes home

On Friday night, Ranara’s remains are set to arrive in the country at 9:35 p.m.

"This will be the first time that her family will be seeing Jullebee. They are requesting that the arrival of the remains be a private moment for them," said DMW Secretary Susan Ople.

She said the wake for Ranara is expected to begin on Sunday and will last for about two weeks.

Ople added that preparations are already underway for the wake with relatives from the province expected to arrive.

DMW Undersecretary Hans Leo Cacdac, meanwhile, said the Kuwait Embassy in the Philippines has expressed its sympathy to the family of Ranara over the incident.

"They expressed their sympathy over the death of Jullebee and related that there is similar outrage in Kuwait over the incident," said Cacdac. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)


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