We often hear so many stories of Filipina domestic helpers getting abused at the foreign countries they are working in, sparking calls for the government to stop sending domestic workers to these places but did you know that the abuse of maids also happens in homes of Filipinos?
It’s a sad reality that many maids face in the country. Not only are they paid very small wages, way below the supposed minimum wage they are entitled, but they are also verbally and physically abused.
A 65-year-old housemaid was recently rescued from Congressional Village, Quezon City.
On February, prompted by a report from a concerned citizen, the local authorities at Brgy. Bahay Toro rescued Lilia Macabasag from her allegedly abusive employers. She alleged that she had suffered under the hands of the Dajose family who had been physically abusing her in the 4 years that she’s been working with them.
But this last incident was the worst as they locked her up for 23 days; so, the old lady tried to find a way to escape. She also added that she sustained injuries after her employers’ grandchild pushed her down the stairs.+
“Sinakal ako dahil sa kalan… ‘Pag mali ang ginawa ko, sinundot ang mata ko, sabi ko ‘Diyos ko, Diyos ko ano nangyayari sa akin? Wala naman akong kasalanan, bakit ako kinulong?’ Kasi nakapagkuwento ako,” the housemaid claimed.
Ernesto Dajose, Macabasag’s employer, firmly denied the abuse allegations but the maid is determined to file charges against the family.
Meanwhile, the village’s homeowners association president Cesar Goyenechea admitted that they knew about the abuse as far back as 2016 when Macabasag went to them for help but because the Dajose couple are well-respected members of the village, there was no immediate action taken against them! Can you believe that? Tsk. Tsk.
“May binanggit siya na she was being maltreated pero hindi ko sineryoso that time kasi nakita ko naman ang amo niya parang mabait… Only last Thursday, we found out she was locked up. Gutom na raw siya, wala na siyang pagkain,” Goyenechea said.
Macabasag pleaded with barangay officials to help her and to not return her to the abusive family. She doesn’t even want to come back to the house to meet them face to face as she was afraid they will find a way to get her back. Isn’t this sad?
The barangay officials assured Macabasag they will help her get her salary from her employers and also in filing the case against them for the alleged abuses she experienced in their hands.