4 OFW survivors, 4 fatalities in Algeria siege to arrive Tuesday–DFA

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The Japanese government plane which carries the bodies of nine Japanese victims and seven Japanese survivors in last week’s hostage taking at a remote Algerian gas plant, arrives at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has said that four Filipinos who survived the siege of a remote natural gas plant by Islamic militants in Algeria was scheduled to arrive Tuesday.

In a press briefing for reporters Tuesday afternoon, Assistant Secretary and DFA spokesperson Raul Hernandez said that the four survivors were reported to have been treated at an Algiers hospital.

Hernandez also noted that the bodies of four Filipinos killed in the siege were also scheduled to arrive Tuesday.

Hernandez, however, did not disclose the identities of the survivors and the fatalities, saying that it is upon request of their families and next of kin. He also did not disclose the specifics on the flights of the survivors and fatalities.

The DFA said that eight male Filipinos had been confirmed dead in the siege, while one remained missing.

Hernandez, in the press briefing, noted that the DFA was working with the concerned employment agency regarding the request made by the Philippine team in Algeria for 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.

Hernandez also appealed to members of the media to respect “the privacy and dignity of all those who were involved in the incident” as he reiterated the families’ requests not to be approached for interviews.

“The survivors need to recuperate from their ordeal having been heavily hurt and traumatized by this recent event while the families of the fatalities especially need the next few days to quietly grieve for their tragic loss in the presence only of close friends and kin. Let us respect their wishes,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez also noted that employers of the victims were focused on taking measures and steps to ensure the safety and security of their workers in Algeria.

He added that so far, there were no discussions of issuing OFW deployment bans in Algeria but that the DFA continued to get assessments from the Philippine embassy there as to the security situation in the area.

Reports noted that dozens of foreigners were killed during a four-day standoff that ended in a bloody showdown with Algerian military forces.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WWOTOJASNHRXAP77UNRETCZZGQ 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…
    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

  • kilabot

    the ofw is like jesserobredo; 
    neglected while alive, praised to the high heavens when dead.

  • http://twitter.com/panOptiko Oscar Gomez

    Why a photo of the Japanese airplane? 

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