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US visa sought for husband of slain Filipina


MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is helping the Philippine-based husband of Kathleen Ping-Vicuña secure a US visitor’s visa so he could attend her burial and grant his wish to “see his wife for the last time.”

Raul Hernandez, the DFA spokesperson, on Saturday assured the government would “do its share in providing the necessary assistance” to Christian Vicuña, husband of Kathleen, one of seven people killed on April 2 in a school shooting in Oakland, California.

“The victim’s family is currently being assisted by both the Philippine consulate in San Francisco and the Bay Area Baptist Church in both visa and burial matters,” Hernandez told the Inquirer.

Twenty-four-year old Kathleen, a secretary-receptionist, worked the front desk in the administrative department of the Oikos University, where the South Korean-born gunman One Goh took her hostage, then killed her.

Former OFW

Christian, 28, lives in Pangil, Laguna. The former overseas Filipino worker has a pending application with the US Immigration and Naturalization to move to the US.

The young architect used to work in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

According to his father Lauro, Christian is “still very depressed, but we’re confident he would be fit to travel to the US to see his wife and also (four-year-old son) Kayzzer, who is in Oakland.”

“My son, Ian, would like to attend Kathleen’s funeral and see her for the last time. That’s his personal wish,” he said during a phone interview.

But he said, “our top priority now is to have Christian sign the documents authorizing the release of Kathleen’s body from the hospital (in Oakland).

In a better place

“Christian is a little apprehensive if he should sign the documents now. He is worried Kathleen’s funeral might proceed even he is still here in the Philippines. We’re giving him time to think things over… Kathleen’s death was a big shock for all of us. But I think my son has accepted the fact that she’s passed and in a better place right now,” Lauro Vicuña added.

According to Hernandez, the consulate has been in touch with Kathleen’s US-based family. Last Thursday, consulate officials visited them in their residence in East Oakland, California.”

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Tags: Bay Area Baptist Church , Christian Vicuna , Department of Foreign Affairs , Kathleen Ping-Vicuña , Oakland , Oikos University , Raul Hernandez , US visa , US visitor’s visa

  • Love God

    Nations of this universe profess for human rights and willingness to help the poor and needy.

    But how many nations offer visa to a poor man? If you are not rich you are not qualified.

    God called them: Hypocrites!!

    My heart goes out to the families of this gruesome murder perpetrated by a psychopath.

    Why US give residency to people who cannot speak English or not willing to learn and adopt to the society.

    This is second in line for this kinda tragedy after the Virginia Tech massacre. Both perpetrators were Koreans. Their reason is language incompetency.

    Many well qualified and peace loving Filipinos are still waiting in line for a visa to enter US but denied due to either they do not have money or political backing or just the arrogance of the people on the embassy counters.

    • Ross18

       Agree 100%…….Mabuhay ang Pilipinas.

    • avmphil

      The Koreans are the next big money boys who can contribute and keep the many private instituations up and alive in California.You don’t need to be a Christian and or speak english for a ticket to American schools.All you need to say… ” goto moh ney ”  thats all.

    • lastduckstanding

       That’s a pretty stupid assessment to make given the fact that the VA tech guy grew up in the US and was an English major.

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