Wilgri Gapas, a Filipino taxi driver waiting for passengers outside Salmia’s supermarket ambassador last Tuesday, is believed to include Bangladeshi citizens, two other staff and an Indian manager of the supermarket. I was stabbed three times by a person.
In an exclusive conversation with Times Kuwait from the hospital bed, Gapas orders a Filipino taxi driver waiting for a customer outside the ambassador supermarket to depart from the store manager during the final Ramadan period. I explained that it was done. After intense discussions with the driver, staff at the same store beat and beat the taxi driver.
Last Tuesday night, the same manager came out and ordered Gapas to leave the area while waiting for passengers. “I don’t know what went wrong. I was waiting for the passengers in the store to buy groceries, not in the store. I tried to explain to the manager that I wasn’t there to pick the passengers, He insisted that I leave, “Gapas explained. The manager left and returned with three other staff armed with knives. Seeing the threatening approach, a friend who was with Gapas ran hard, but while running, Gapas stumbled and fell, supermarket staff rampaged around him, one of whom was his. I stabbed my leg.
Gapas was taken to the hospital by another Filipino taxi driver and is currently admitted to the Mubarak Alkabir Hospital with a broken bone and a stab wound. Gapas employers and sponsors are understood to have submitted police reports along with his medical results. “Yesterday an investigator came to receive my statement and told them the entire case. Witnesses are also currently investigating and statements are being gathered to prosecute the perpetrators for attempted murder.” Added Gapas.
The case report was also sent to the Deputy Consulate of the Philippine Embassy, Aaron Rosada, to assist in filing proceedings against Bangladeshi citizens and other officials. Assistant Labor Attaché Cathy Duradur is informed of the incident and examines the Supermarket Ambassador’s file to determine if the Supermarket should be on the watchlist regarding the placement of Filipino workers.
Times Kuwait tried several times to call the mobile number listed on the supermarket ambassador’s social media page, but there was no answer. I visited the premises again this morning, but the manager on duty declined to comment.
“In response to two attacks on Filipino citizens by supermarket staff, I am calling on the Philippine embassy to investigate the case. Two previously attacked Filipino drivers and myself. The personal unpleasant experience of the Philippines requires strict measures to be taken against the supermarket staff led by its manager. “” I am a regular customer of this store and for customers working at home. I shop for groceries every day, but it’s now impossible to keep patronizing the store, “he added.
Vice Consul Rosada guaranteed Gapas immediate legal and support.
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