DMW welcomes Kuwait appellate court’s conviction of Ranara killer

The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) has welcomed the decision of the Kuwait Appeals Court that upheld the conviction of the suspect in the murder of overseas Filipino worker Jullebee Ranara.

In a statement Wednesday night, DMW officer in charge Undersecretary Hans Leo Cacdac said the Kuwaiti appellate court fully adopted the 16-year imprisonment sentence against the accused — one year for driving without a license and 15 years for murder.

“We have informed the Ranara family of the Court’s ruling and have assured them of our continued utmost support and assistance, as directed by President Marcos,” he shared, adding that he had a meeting with the Ranara family via Zoom and provided them a first-hand account of the developments in Kuwait.

Cacdac was joined in the session by Jullebee’s parents, and her brother, Emor, Overseas Workers Welfare Administrator Arnel Ignacio, Migrant Workers Office Kuwait (MWO-Kuwait) Labor Attaché Manuel Dimaano, Lawyer Khaled Al-Mass, the retained counsel of MWO-Kuwait handling the Ranara case, and other DMW officials.

“I have issued instructions to our Migrant Workers Office in Kuwait (MWO-Kuwait) to work with our retained legal counsel in filing a civil action for damages against the father of the convicted perpetrator,” Cacdac said.

In September 2023, a juvenile court in Kuwait convicted the 17-year-old suspect.

Ranara, a 35-year-old household worker, was found dead in a desert in Kuwait in January 2023. (With PNA)