Bishop demands probe into Filipino maid's death in Saudi Arabia

Irma Edloy was allegedly raped by her employer before she died

Philippines
August 22, 2016
A Catholic bishop has called for an investigation into the death of a Filipino woman allegedly raped by her employer in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

"We condemn her violent rape and seek justice," said Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga, head of the Episcopal Commission on the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People.

Bishop Santos said the death of Irma Edloy "deeply saddens" the commission.

"Her noble intention to provide for the needs of her family and loved ones and uplift their life has turned to tragedy," said the prelate.

The bishop called on the Philippine embassy in Saudi Arabia to redouble efforts in protecting and caring for Filipino overseas workers.

Edloy died on Aug. 19 in a hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where she was taken after the alleged rape.

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