Maid forced to drink bleach
Separately, Manila’s foreign ministry said yesterday a Philippine domestic worker has been hospitalized in Saudi Arabia after her employer allegedly forced her to drink household bleach. Domestic worker Agnes Mancilla underwent emergency abdominal surgery after she was taken, unconscious, to a hospital in Saudi’s southwestern Jizan city on April 2, the ministry said. “We are working closely with authorities in Jizan to make sure that justice will be given to Agnes Mancilla,” the ministry said in a statement.
The victim is in “serious but stable condition” in hospital and Saudi police have arrested her female employer, who has not been named, it added. Mancilla had worked in Saudi Arabia since 2016 “but was repeatedly physically abused by her lady employer” who also failed to pay her salary, the statement said, citing Edgar Badajos, the Philippine consul in the Saudi city of Jeddah.