Jailed OFW in Israel to come home Thursday
MANILA – An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who was jailed after being accused of physically abusing her elderly ward in Israel is set to come home Thursday.
Winnie Rose Ganaden was detained by Israeli police on July 19 on the said charges. She denied the allegations hurled against her by her employer's family. Her relatives claim that she was falsely accused after signifying her intent to leave them.
"I am pleased to inform Ms. Ganaden's family that they will finally be reunited on Thursday evening (October 10)," said Vice President Jejomar Binay in a statement.
Ganaden's lawyers pleaded for her to be placed under house arrest, which the judge granted provided she could present to the court an Israeli national who would stand as guarantor.
The court had also ordered a social worker to interview Ganaden to assess her condition in prison.
She was able to present two guarantors, but had remained in prison after the social worker assigned to interview her failed to show up during her hearing.
Binay lauded the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Philippine Embassy in Israel for closely monitoring her case.
"Their involvement and dedication have been instrumental in preventing our kababayan from unjustly spending time in prison," he said.