Remains of four Filipinos killed in Algeria siege to be repatriated – DFA


DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday said that the bodies of four Filipinos killed in the siege by Islamic militants of a remote natural gas plant in Algeria would be repatriated in the next few days.

In a press briefing, Assistant Secretary and DFA spokesperson Raul Hernandez made the announcement but said that the date of repatriation, as well as the itinerary, had not yet been finalized.

The DFA had earlier said that eight male Filipinos had been confirmed dead in the siege. It had declined to disclose the identities of the fatalities, saying it was upon request of their families.

One Filipino worker remained unaccounted for, while four were still recovering from their wounds at an Algiers hospital, the DFA had earlier said.

Meanwhile, Hernandez told reporters in the briefing that the Philippine team in Algeria requested DNA samples from the next of kin of the lone missing Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) “to facilitate the identification of his remains.” Hernandez said that the DFA had the name of the missing worker.

“We are now coordinating with the employment agency regarding the request….once the employment agency has this DNA sample, it will be sent to Algeria to facilitate the identification of the remains of the lone missing OFW,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez also noted that the families of the fatalities had requested for members of the media to give them “space and privacy as they mourn the loss of their loved ones.”

“They have also requested that members of the media should not attempt to meet them or interview them at the airport and elsewhere,” Hernandez said.

“When they are ready to share their experience as well as their grief, they will approach the media,” Hernandez added.

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  • ulrich j

    Another  casualties killed in the frontline of the war against  poverty and corruption. OFW’s are indeed the new soldiers of the motherland.

    Kailan man hindi matatawaran ang sakripisyo ng mga kababayan  natin  na kahit saan sulok ng mundo  madestino at gaano man kahirap at kadelikado ay pinag wawalang bahala ang kaligtasan magkaroon lang ng maganda buhay ang pamilya at  magkaroon  ng  mabuting  kontribusyon sa bayan…

    Samantalang ang mga bulok  na politiko, opisyal ng gobyerno  n sa halip na magsilbi ay pinagnanakawan pa ang bayan…Napakasarap ng buhay  nyo  at ng pamilya nyo na galing sa bayan  ang lahat ng ginhawa tinatamasa nyo…If ever you travel abbroad  is because of pleasures with no pressure at all…But  for us OFW  its only for one thing to have a descent job with a descent pay at para hindi magnakaw sa bayan at sa kababayan… Nasaan ang KONSENSYA nyo?

    Time will come  OFW”s  will rise  and  will lead  the war in the frontline right in the doorstep of your  mansions, offices , palaces..We  will  because  we can  because  we should…

    OFW’s  rise up…we could do something more….Naghirap  ka n nga as OFW  para sa mga anak mo,  papayag ka ba na sila e danasin ang hirap mo?  

    We are branded as heroes but dont ever forget that we are all victims first and being exploited until now with the same people who are supposed to serve us.

    Buong pusong nakikiramay sa pamilya ng mga namatay na OFW…

    OFW #  9,245,555

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