OFW in Critical Condition after Being Forced by Employer to Swallow Household Bleach

Another gruesome story regarding an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in Saudi Arabia who was allegedly forced by her employer to swallow chlorine or household bleach.

Right now the OFW whose name is Agnes Mancilla, remains in serious but stable condition after her lady employer forced her to swallow the poisonous chemical. This is based on the information from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). DFA is closely monitoring her condition.

Right now Mancilla, a household service worker is recuperating at the King Fahad Central Hospital in Jezan in southwestern Saudi Arabia. This information was made public by the DFA last Monday, April 16.

The Philippine government is determined to act on this matter as the Consul General Edgar Badajos assured the public that the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah spoke with authorities in Jizan to make sure the appropriate charges were filed against Mancilla’s employer who is currently arrested by the police.

Badajos added, “We would like to assure our kababayans (countrymen) that we are working closely with authorities in Jizan to make sure that justice will be given to Agnes Mancilla,”

The DFA said concerned Filipinos rushed Mancilla to the hospital on April 2 after her employer allegedly made her swallow household bleach.

The DFA said Mancilla underwent a surgical incision called laparotomy “to flush out the bleach from her stomach.” Doctors “also found burn marks” on Mancilla’s back.

Badajos said Mancilla has worked in Saudi Arabia since 2016 “but was repeatedly physically abused by her lady employer and was not being paid her salary.”

On Saturday, April 14, Duterte welcomed home OFW Pahima Alagasi, also from Saudi Arabia, who was scalded by her employer 4 years ago.

Mancilla’s case comes after President Rodrigo Duterte banned the deployment of OFWs to another Middle Eastern country, Kuwait, because of the case of an OFW found dead in a freezer there.