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MANILA, Philippines -- Eighteen Filipinos, imprisoned in Kuwait on various charges, including one convicted for murder, returned home after being pardoned by the Emir of Kuwait, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Saturday.
The repatriated Filipinos, who arrived home on August 14, were among 23 granted amnesty during Kuwait’s National Day in February.
The rest of the pardoned Filipinos will return once their exit requirements are completed.
Their tickets were provided by the Kuwaiti government.
There are around 130,000 Filipinos working in Kuwait, most of them women domestic helpers who earn less than US$ 200 a month on average.
The oil-rich state also has one of the highest incidences of physical and sexual abuse against Filipino workers in the Middle East.