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          马尼拉 -- For 65 years, "Nanay Fedelina" lived like a modern-day slavery victim with her employer in the United States. This year, at 81, she's ready to begin the life of a free woman. 

          Nanay Fedelina was a nanny who was brought to the United States by the Filipino-American family she was serving when she was just 16 years old.

          She spent 65 years in servitude. 

          FREE AT LAST. 
           (Photo courtesy of the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles)

          In a June 2019 interview with ABS-CBN's Balitang America, Nanay Fedelina narrated her ordeal with the family she served for four generations.

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          "Ang hinihigaan ko ang lamig, ang dumi-dumi, butas-butas pa 'yong ko, salbahe silang mag-ina (I slept on the cold floor with my 毯 hole-ridden. 该 mother and child were cruel)," she added. 

          “Ngayon, maligaya na ako at malaya. Hindi na ako nakakulong, hindi na ako inaapi ng mga tao (Now, I am happy and free. I am no longer locked up, no longer abused by people)". 

          In 2018, the Pilipino Workers Center (PWC), through the help of US law enforcement, rescued her and helped pursue and win her case in court.

          Nanay Fedelina wants to go home to Tacloban City and find her family. Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez hopes to help her with her dream.

          At present, Nanay Fedelina is staying at a Filipino-American retirement home for free.

          In a meeting with her last September 15, Romualdez reiterated the Philippine government's commitment to uphold the welfare and protect the rights of overseas Filipinos at all times.

          “该 President instructed us to prioritize overseas Filipinos. We must do our best to safeguard their welfare,” he said.

          Nanay Fedelina came from a generation when slave-like employment practices or highly unregulated domestic employment were still commonplace in the Philippines.

          According to the Consulate General, she also seems to be one of the few to survive this and gain freedom.


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