A FILIPINO maid working in Saudi Arabia reportedly died last week after she was rushed to the hospital following complaints that she had been sexually assaulted.
ABS-CBN News quote Philippine Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello as confirming that the Filipina, 35-year-old Irma Avila Edloy, passed away on Friday and that a forensic probe into the cause of her death was underway.
The report said Edloy was taken to the King Salman Hospital in Riyadh earlier in the week due to “severe” injuries and days later, fell into a coma.
According to Bello, before falling unconscious, Edloy appeared to suggest that her condition was because she had been sexually assaulted by her employer, although she did not confirm it outright.
The Filipina reportedly pointed to her employer when she was asked by a nurse who had maltreated her.
“I was informed early this morning by our attorney Francis Caladraba that the victim died at 11:45 last night.
“…I can only presume that the death was caused by the physical assault on her whether it is sexual or otherwise we have to wait for the findings of the medico legal that I already ordered to be conducted,” Bello, who was in Saudi Arabia, was quoted saying by GMA News.
The news portal also reported in a previous article that a nurse at the hospital claimed that Edloy, who had only worked in Saudi Arabia for about a month, had been raped five times by her employer.
ABS-CBN’s report said Edloy first arrived at her work place in the last week of July. The Filipina’s maid agency reportedly said she was first taken by her employer to Jeddah where she was hospitalized before she was brought back to Riyadh on August 10 to speak with officials from the Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLO).
The report said four days after her arrival at the King Salman Hospital, POLO officials met with Edloy but although she was still conscious, she did not respond verbally to their queries.
She was taken to the hospital’s intensive care unit on August 17 and suffered cardiac arrest several times before she died on August 18.
Iric Arribas, charge d’affaires of the Philippine embassy in Saudi Arabia, was quoted by ABS-CBN as saying that Edloy was diagnosed to have, “adult respiratory distress syndrome, bilateral hydronephrosis, active hydrocephalus, acute renal failure, and hematuria.”
Earlier this week, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in the Philippines promised to follow up on the probe into Edloy’s alleged rape.
In a report on Inquirer, DFA spokesman Charles Jose said the DFA’s Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs (OUMWA) will keep close watch over the investigation by Saudi authorities.
“Definitely, we will help with the filing of appropriate charges and the repatriation of her remains,” Jose was quoted saying.