OFW afflicted with cancer dies on flight home


MANILA, Philippines—An overseas Filipino worker in the final stages of cancer died on his flight from Saudi Arabia Saturday afternoon, authorities at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport said.

The passenger was identified as Reynaldo Ofracio, 56, a resident of Marilao, Bulacan, who was on board Saudi Arabian Airlines flight SV-874 that landed at NAIA Terminal 1 at around 2 p.m.

Ofracio’s wife Dorothy, who accompanied him on the flight, said her husband, who worked as an audiovisual supervisor at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Jeddah, was in the final stages of liver cancer.

“Ofracio complained of difficulty of breathing four hours prior to landing in Manila,” Jose Umandap, medical officer-on-duty, said in a report to the public affairs office of the Manila International Airport Authority.

Umandap said Ofracio expired in his seat about three hours before the plane landed and did not respond to emergency aid. The pilot offered to land in a nearby airport but Santos’ wife decided that the flight to Manila should proceed.

The body was transported to a temporary morgue at the airport’s ramp clinic where Dr. Noel Ramirez of the Bureau of Quarantine-NAIA cleared the release of the remains to the widow.

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  • dequis

    puede palang mag landing sa terminal.

    • k

      bakit naman hindi?ano bang intindi mo sa word na terminal?

      a station on the line of a public carrier, as in a city center or at an airport, where passengers embark or disembark and where freight is received or discharged.

    • gon freecs

      dequis ang obob mo..

      • dequis

        tignan mo ang isang storya tungkol sa pangyayaring ito, inayos ang sentence na pinansin ko. sige gon freecs goodluck sa pananawag mo ng pangalan sa kapwa mo

    • pfc_kulapu

      pwd pinaalis ng mga conduktor yong bus nila…

    • Danyale

      Certainly, hindi pwede mag-landing ang aeroplane sa terminal, ang eroplano is designed to land and takeoff sa airport runways, ang airport terminal ay para sa mga passengers na embarking and disembarking.

  • speedstream2

    It’s not the kind of homecoming anybody wishes for, but one just has to take what life dishes out. Rest in peace and sincerest condolence to the OFW’s family.

  • kentjohn

    what a sad story of an ofw continue working abroad despite the fact his life was numbered due to liver cancer..anyway he was lucky because he arrived in homeland nevertheless out of life.RIP my fellow ofw..the modern hero as the govt. say

  • Danyale

    A co-worker of mine here in jeddah who has afflicted with liver cancer, as Mr. Reynaldo Ofracio’s case, our company sent him to hospitals for further diagnosis and medical attention, all hospitals have the same findings. Alarmed of the situation, our company sent my co-worker home in october, 2012 before his ailment comes to worst (our company provided him a 6 months re-entry visa). However, thursday evening here in jeddah we received a bad news from the family of my co-worker, informing us that he passed away(++) early morning of friday. May they rest in peace(++).

  • jo4210

    So sad, at least he is now finally at home, in his country and to his CREATOR.  RIP and condolence to his family.

  • Vertumnus

    Condolence to the family! So sad to read something like this.  It’s bad enough to get sick while you are home, it’s even worse when you are in a foreign land.  I’ve traveled far and wide for work but my home will always be the Philippines and that’s where I prefer to end my last days on earth.  

  • Bonggebongge

    Ang lungkot naman…isang OFW nanaman….kung mararamdaman lang sana ng mga pilitiko sa Pinas ang mga gantong eksena sa buhay ng isag OFW..makonsensya pa kaya sila na mangurakot nalang sa halip na paunlarin ag Pinas para unti unti nang babalik ang mga OFW sa sariling bayan…

    • axe musk

      Di lang Pulitiko ang nangungurakot sa Pinas, mga ibang namumuno sa iba’t ibang government agencies din lalo na DPWH, BOC, BIR, etc…. DPWH – Kalinga Province mas matindi kurakutan….


    Rest in Peace.  Sana yung mga pinaghirapan mo sa trabaho hindi niwaldas ng asawa at mga kamag-anak mo, yun ang pinakamasakit na akala nila nag overseas ka yung pera umu-ulan at kinukuha mo lang sa daan.

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