Kuwait City. Photo: iStock

Police in Kuwait are investigating whether an employer and his wife were responsible for the death of a Filipina domestic worker who was found to have severe bruising when she died in hospital on January 25.

Amy Capulong Santiago, 33, was pronounced dead on arrival after she was taken to Farwaniya Hospital by her male employer at 10:15 pm, Arab Times reported. The man was arrested and his wife then went voluntarily to Abdullah Al Mubarak Police Station.

Kuwait’s Directorate General of Criminal Evidence said that old and fresh bruises were found on Santiago’s body, mostly on her back. Police are trying to determine whether she died from being beaten.

The incident came as the Philippines government begins to enforce a ban on employment of Filipino workers in Kuwait that was declared on January 19 because of concerns over the rising number of abuse cases and deaths.

President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to pull all Filipino workers out of Kuwait and impose a permanent ban on deployments in the country if another Filipina is raped or dies.

Duterte met on Wednesday with the Kuwaiti Ambassador to the Philippines, Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh, to talk about the situation with Filipinos, ABS-CBN News reported.

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