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Filipino death toll in Algeria crisis rises to eight

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MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Foreign Affairs said that another Filipino has been confirmed killed in last week’s siege by Islamic militants of a remote natural gas plant in Algeria, bringing to eight the total number of Filipino fatalities.

The eighth Philippine fatality is a male, said Foreign Affairs Spokesman Raul Hernandez, without naming the victim.

“Today, our team in Algeria will be able to see the other unidentified remains,” he said.

“We have already informed their next of kin,” he said but refused to identify the victims saying it was upon the request of their families.

“Nakiusap sila na respetuhin ang kanilang pagdadalamhati,” Hernandez said.

In an interview on Radyo Inquirer, Hernandez said  that one Filipino worker remained unaccounted for, while four were still recovering from their wounds at an Algiers hospital.

The Philippine government has said 12 other Filipino workers survived the 72-hour hostage drama in the north African desert.

Dozens of foreigners were killed during a four-day standoff that ended in a bloody showdown with Algerian commandos on Saturday, with reports of summary executions. With Agence France-Presse

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Tags: Algeria , DFA , Hostage taking , OFW

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    OFWs di baleng mamatay sa bomba sa algeria wag lang mamatay sa gutom sa pinas!!

    • 2011Empoy1120

      Desperate statement from a desperate man…Tol, Baguhin na natin itong kaisipan na ito, kalampagin natin ang mga mambabatas at si PeNoy na itaas naman ang kalidad ng pag-aalaga sa ating mga kababayang OFW sa ibang bansa, maging tahimik man o magulong bansang kanilang pinagtatrabahuhan….MABUHAY KAYONG MGA MANGGAWANG FILIPNO SA IBANG BANSA! 

  • Palparan

    The japanese govt sent a plane to evacuate their dead and the survivors… Ang gobyerno natin, puro press release at pa pogi lng sa media… Yung Abnoy na presidente, nandun sa switzerland nag sight-seeing lng…Yung ginasto para dun sa lakwatsa ni Abnoy yun na lng sana ginamit para ma-evacuate ang mga kababayan nating na-apektuhan sa hostage taking…

    My salute to the OFWs… kayo ang tunay na bayani… Hindi si Rizal, hindi si Ninoy kundi kayo

    • swissalps

       ANG hirpa sa ating mga pinoy lahat na lang ng sisi sa naka upong presidente…kung makahusga at maka apak sa pagkatao ng presidente akala mo matinong tao..tayo ba may sapat na budget para mag send ng private plane sa algeria tulad ng ginawa ng japan?kung yon ngang pagpunta ni pnoy dito sa switzerland binabatikos mo yon pa kayang pagpapadala ng private plane sa algeria?haller…Mr Palparan for your information baka hindi mo alam may naganap na world economic forum dito sa switzerland at ang bitbit ni pinoy papunta dito ay PAG ASA ,pag asa na makakuha ng maraming investors..magbasa ka ng economic report kung ilan ang itinaas ng economiya natin s apilipinas…tssskkk tssskkk nakkakaawa ka s atotoo lang,,,kinain na ng pagka alimango ang utak mo….

      • Palparan

        utot mo! bakit? saan ba napupunta ang binabayad ng mga OFW para sa OEC na yan? binubulsa lng ng mga buwaya sa POEA…Wag mong idahilan na walang sapat na budget ang gobyerno dahil bilyun ang kinikita ng pamahalaan dahil lng sa mga OFW… Ikaw ang walang alam sa mga hinaing ng mga OFWs… at goodluck na lng kung makakuha kayo ng mga investors lalo na pag ang gobyerno natin puno ng redtape…

  • salomeahmad

    If the assault was done by US forces, am sure PH will be raising hell in condemnation & demand compensation. But since its the Algerians, not even a whimper, lest risked the OFW’s expulsion or banned from their soil.

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