An overseas Filipino worker was stabbed by her employer in Singapore last January is now in stable condition, Philippine labor officials in Singapore said.
Philippine labor attaché to Singapore Vicente Cabe said the OFW was wounded when she tried to intervene in a domestic dispute last Jan. 30.
In his report to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, Cabe identified the OFW as Jasmen Jamelaren Corpuz, a household service worker from Iloilo City.
“We visited Corpuz again at the National University Hospital. She is now in good condition and can stand already on her own. The wound on the left side of her neck had already healed, but the wounds in the upper part of her left arm had not yet healed,” he said.
He added Corpuz’s doctor, Mikael Hartman, said she is in stable and safe condition, but needs to stay a few more days in the hospital for psychological counseling.
Cabe said Corpuz had been working there for 12 years and had worked with last employer for six years before the stabbing.
The incident occurred Jan. 30 at her employer’s house at Park View Mansion at Yuan Ching Road in Singapore.
Investigation showed that when Corpuz arrived home after bringing her employer’s six-year-old son to school, she noticed her employer Ken Ong and his wife Koh Siang Hua were fighting.
“I saw Mr. Ong holding a big knife and he was about to attack his wife,” said Corpuz. But when she intervened, she was stabbed on the left neck and upper left arm.
Despite her wounds, she managed to seek help from the family gardener who called the police.
Corpuz and her employers were brought to Singapore’s National University Hospital where she underwent an operation.
Her employers were declared dead on arrival.
Meanwhile, Cabe said Corpuz has accepted the offer of her employer’s family to continue taking care of the six-year-old son, or find a new employer and continue working in Singapore.
In the meantime, he said the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Singapore has offered Corpuz to stay at the Migrant Workers and Other Filipino Resource Center while she recovers.
“Change of employer is allowed in Singapore as long as it is the decision of the worker herself,” Cabe said.