By: Elena Grace Flores
Filipina Irma Avila Edloy, an overseas Filipino worker or OFW in Saudi Arabia was allegedly raped and maltreated by her employer passed away last Friday. Philippine Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello reported this and added that Forensic investigation is ongoing to be able to determine the actual cause of Edloy’s death. She was 35 years old.
Bello said Edloy had been able to implicate her employer in the assault when she was rushed to Salman Hospital in Riyadh. Iric Arribas, charge d’affaires of the Philippine embassy in Saudi Arabia, also said that Saudi authorities are verifying whether the Filipina was raped due to lacerations in her private area, her underwear was soaked with blood and body injuries. They are also looking for indications if Edloy was already ill prior to her arrival in the Middle East.
In the intensive care unit, Edloy suffered cardiac arrest several times until she died on August 18, Arribas said.
Edloy was diagnosed to have “adult respiratory distress syndrome, bilateral hydronephrosis, active hydrocephalus, acute renal failure, and hematuria.” Meaning, that her lungs were inflamed, kidney was not properly working, there’s fluid in her brain, and blood was seen in her urine.
Philippine officials in the embassy in Saudi are working to send her remains back to the country. They are processing her death certificate due to the nature of the case.