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Remains of 3 more Filipino fatalities in Algeria siege to be flown home Wednesday

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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) said that the bodies of three more Filipinos who were killed in the siege by Islamic militants of a remote natural gas plant in Algeria would be repatriated back in Manila Wednesday.

“We are expecting the arrival in Manila today (Wednesday) of the remains of three fatalities in the Algeria hostage crisis,” Raul Hernandez, DFA spokesperson, told reporters in a press briefing.

Four survivors of the hostage crisis, as well as the bodies of three fatalities, had been repatriated Tuesday.

Eight male Filipinos had been confirmed dead in the siege, while one remained missing.

The DFA said that it would not disclose the identities of the survivors and the fatalities, saying that it was upon request of their families and next of kin. He also declined to disclose the specifics on the flights of the survivors and fatalities.

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.”

“The lone missing OFW has already been identified but we want a positive confirmation of the remains…..The family has already been informed about it,” Hernandez said.
Hernandez has 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.

Hernandez said 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.

Earlier reports had 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

    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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