Gatchalian wants probe on ‘fake’ autopsy report on Villavende

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Slain OFW Jeanelyn Villavende. (Photo courtesy by CNN Ph)

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Sherwin Gatchalian has recently urged for an investigation on those responsible for the “fake” autopsy report on the late overseas Filipino worker Jeanelyn Villavende.

“Dapat maimbestigahan din kung bakit nagkaroon ng fake autopsy report at sino ang gumawa nitong fake autopsy report,” Gatchalian said during Kapihan sa Senado.

A previous autopsy conducted by a Kuwaiti hospital found that the victim died of heart and lung failure due to “shock and multiple injuries on the vascular nervous system.”

But an autopsy conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation showed that Villavende died of “multiple, severe, traumatic injuries.”

The autopsy report dated January 9 listed numerous injuries including contusions, abrasions, contused-abrasions, lacerated wounds, as well as wounds that were infected, healed, or were healing.

The report also showed that Villavende’s genitals similarly sustained numerous injuries like contusions or lacerations.

Gatchalian said the autopsy report on Villavende submitted  by the Kuwaiti government is an insult to the Philippines, the Filipino people, and the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

“Itong pagbigay ng pekeng autopsy report ay insulto sa atin ‘yan bilang Filipino, insulto sa ating gobyerno, at insulto sa ating OFWs na naghihirap magtrabaho sa ibang bansa,” he said.

“Ang ating ninanais ay makamit ang katarungan para kay Ms Villavende pero hindi natin makakamit ‘yan kung ‘yung Kuwaiti government ay ‘di makikipagcooperate at worse bibigyan pa tayo ng fake na autopsy report,” he said.

Gatchalian said he wanted those responsible for the ‘fake’ autopsy to be held accountable.

“Gusto natin maparusahan ang gumawa nito at gusto natin makitang makulong at masentensiyahan ang mga gumawa nito. Ito ay para rin sa ating ibang OFW at para rin sa kapakanan ng mga nagtatrabaho sa Middle East,” he said.

Gatchalian also expressed support to the decision of the government to implement a total deployment ban to Kuwait.

“Huwag muna tayo magpadala doon ng household service workers dahil nalalagay sa panganib ang kanilang buhay at siguraduhin muna natin na maparusahan ang mga gumawa ng krimen kay Villavende,” Gatchalian also  said.

Gatchalian  said  the memorandum of agreement signed between the governments of Kuwait and the Philippines was not fully implemented.

“Nagkaroon ng MOA noong 2018 dahil sa pagkamatay ni Ms (Joana) Demafelis pero marami dito ang hindi iniimplement. So naging walang saysay  ‘yung MOA na pinirmahan, parang toilet paper na lang. Importanteng sundan ito ng pamahalaan ng Kuwait para masigurado na ang kapakanan ng ating mga OFW doon ay laging nasa ayos,” Gatchalian  said. (Stacy Ang/IAMIGO/Currentph.com)

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