OFW who was stabbed by employer now in stable condition—Baldoz

Date Posted: March 9th, 2015 02:31 AM



Philippine Labor Attache to Singapore Vicente M. Cabe yesterday reported to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz that the overseas Filipino worker who was fatally wounded by her male employer when she tried to intervene in a domestic dispute is now in a stable condition. In an update, Labor Attache Cabe identified the OFW as Jasmen Jamelaren Corpuz, a household service worker in Singapore, and a native of Iloilo City. She has been working as an OFW for 12 years and had worked with her employer for six years prior to the stabbing incident on 30 January 2015 at her employer’s residence at Park View Mansion, Yuan Ching Road, Singapore. “We visited Corpuz again at the National University Hospital. She is now in good condition and can stand already on her own. The wound on the left side of her neck had already healed, but the wounds in the upper part of her left arm had not yet healed,” said Labor Attache Cabe. Cabe said Corpus’s doctor, Mikael Hartman, had informed him that Corpuz is now in a stable and safe condition, but need to stay for a few more days in the hospital for psychological counseling. OFW Corpuz narrated that on the morning of 30 January, when she came home after bringing the six-year old son of her employer to school, she noticed that her male employer, Mr. Ken Ong, and his wife, Ms. Koh Siang Hua, were fighting. “I saw Mr. Ong holding a big knife and he was about to attack his wife,” said Corpuz. It was then that she tried to intervene, but she was the one who was stabbed on the left neck and upper left arm. Despite being wounded, Corpuz was able to flee and sought the help of the family gardener who called the police. Corpuz and her employers were taken to Singapore’s National University Hospital where she was operated on. However, her employers were declared dead on arrival. Labatt Cabe, in his report, said that Corpuz has expressed her desire to accept the offer of the family of her late employer to continue taking care of the six year old son, or if possible, find a new employer and continue working in Singapore. “Change of employer is allowed in Singapore as long as it is the decision of the worker herself,” Cabe said. He added that the Jurong Police Station is still investigating the case being handled by the Philippine Embassy’s Assistance to Nationals section. He also reported that POLO Singapore has offered Corpuz to stay at the Migrant Workers and Other Filipino Resource Center while recovering from her injury. END/Celestemaring



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