By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora
MANILA — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Friday the
Filipina worker who was tied to a tree in Saudi Arabia by her employer
has been repatriated to the Philippines on Thursday night.
“The DFA reports that OFW (overseas Filipino worker) Lovely Acosta
Baruelo from Saudi Arabia arrived in Manila at 8:55 p.m. on 9 May
2019,” it said in a statement sent through Assistant Secretary
“OFW Baruelo was allegedly punished by her employer by being tied to a
tree,” it added.
Baruelo’s photos tied to a tree in front of her Saudi employer’s home
circulated online on Thursday and became viral with more than 91,000
According to the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, Baruelo’s case was
referred to them on May 9 and she was repatriated on the same day.