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Philippines says Saudi boss forced maid to drink bleach

AFP  |  Manila 

A Philippine has been hospitalised in after her employer allegedly forced her to drink household bleach, Manila's foreign ministry said today.

underwent emergency abdominal surgery after she was taken, unconscious, to a hospital in Saudi's southwestern Jizan city on April 2, the ministry said.

"We are working closely with authorities in Jizan to make sure that justice will be given to Agnes Mancilla," the ministry said in a statement.

The victim is in "serious but stable condition" in hospital and have arrested her female employer, who has not been named, it added.

Mancilla had worked in since 2016 "but was repeatedly physically abused by her lady employer" who also failed to pay her salary, the statement said, citing Edgar Badajos, the Philippine in the Saudi city of

The report is the latest incident of alleged mistreatment of Filipino workers in the

In February, allegations of abuse of domestic workers caused a diplomatic flap between the and

Philippine lashed out at Kuwait, where the body of a murdered Filipina was found stuffed in a freezer.

He banned Filipinos from going to work in the Gulf state, one of several countries that host, in total, more than two million Filipino workers. Duterte claimed that Arab employers routinely rape their Filipina workers, force them to work 21 hours a day, and feed them scraps.

Last week Duterte said had agreed to his demands to improve the working conditions of Filipinos, following negotiations between the two countries on a labour accord.

One of his key demands is that Filipino workers be allowed to keep their and passports -- which can be confiscated by employers under current conditions.

Duterte said he would visit to witness the signing of the agreement, without giving an exact date.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 17:20 IST