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The 17-year-old suspect in killing the 35-year-old overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Kuwait is now under the custody of the police, said Migrant Worker Secretary Susan Ople.

She added that the government will look into what law will be applicable since the suspect is a minor.

“Well, inaresto na, nasa custody na ng Kuwaiti police ‘yung anak ng employer na siyang primary suspect sa pagpatay kay Jullebee Ranara,” Ople said.

(Well, he has been arrested, currently, the son of the employer who is the primary suspect in killing Jullebee Ranara is in the custody of Kuwaiti police)

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It can be remembered that the burned body of Ranara was found in the desert on Sunday.

“According doon sa nanay, ang nirereklamo ni Jullebee ‘yung anak ng employer na lalaki. ‘Yun daw ‘yung malupit sa kanya. In fact, may isang time daw na parang binantaan daw ‘yung buhay niya,” Ople added.

(According to the mother, Jullebee was complaining about the son of the employer. She was treated harshly and in fact, there was a time when he seems to threaten her life.)

On the other hand, the family of the victim requested privacy.

The government will extend death and burial assistance to the family, mandatory insurance, and scholarships to Ranara’s children.

Further, Secretary Ople emphasized that there is no need for a deployment ban.

“Hindi namin nakikita na kailangan ‘yun dahil nakikipagtulungan ang Kuwaiti government sa ating embahada and wala pa ngang 24 oras nasa police custody na ‘yung suspect,” she said.

(We don’t see the need for a deployment ban since the Kuwaiti government is cooperating with our embassy. Actually, it hasn’t been 24 hours but the suspect was already under police custody.)

Instead of a deployment ban, she said that they will talk about possible reforms and bilateral labor agreements.