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OFW found dead in suitcase in Egypt

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In this Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013 photo a convoy of Egyptian police vehicles patrols the southern city of Assiut, Egypt. (AP Photo/Roger Anis, El Shorouk Newspaper) EGYPT OUT

MANILA, Philippines – An Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) was found dead in a suitcase in Cairo, Egypt, a spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday.

“A female OFW was reported on Aug 17 to have been killed in Cairo. Her body was found concealed in a large suitcase which was left around the dump site in Nasr City,” Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez said in a text message Wednesday.

The identity of the body could not be immediately determined due to its advanced stage of decomposition. It was also not yet clear whether the OFW was collateral damage in the ongoing civil unrest in the country.

“In cooperation with the [Philippine] embassy [in Egypt], the police authorities are ascertaining the positive identity, cause, and circumstances of her death prior to notifying the victim’s next of kin,” Hernandez said.

Previously, the DFA has raised crisis alert level 4 in Egypt due to the civil unrest between supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi and government security forces.

Violent clashes ensued when authorities dispersed a sit-in protest of Morsi’s supporters who were demanding his reinstatement. Hundreds were reported killed with thousands more injured from the clashes.

A month-long state of emergency has been declared by the government.

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  • bok

    There are also egyptians in the philippines. Get even ! Dump 10 on Pasig river!
    This f* uck up country egypt is going down !

  • Ninio Calle

    An OFW in Egypt should not be. What economic benefits working in Egypt there is when they are of the same economic status as PH. Working in PH would provide the same without the risk of abuse in foreign land without the facility to speak their language. PH government, OWWA, POEA and DFA all know the situation and they should not allow OFW to work in Egypt specially house workers (aka Domestic Helper) who are unseen and unheard. Anything can happen inside the house and no one will ever know if they are dead or alive. As a matter of fact, all countries of similar economic status as PH should not be eligible for house workers.



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