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Remains of 7 Filipinos killed in Yemen arriving Tuesday

/ 08:43 PM December 16, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — The bodies of the seven Filipinos killed in the bombing of Yemen’s defense ministry complex early this month will arrive in the Philippines on Tuesday.

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesperson Raul Hernandez said four of them are expected to arrive 6:50 a.m. via Emirates Airlines flight EK 336 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Meanwhile, the three others will arrive at the Clark International Airport at 3:55 p.m. on board Emirates Airlines flight EK 338.

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The remains arriving in Clark are those of Marivic Corilla Badenas and Aurora Gormate, both of Mariveles town in Bataan province, and Marianne Coronel David of the village of Betis in Guagua town in Pampanga province, said a source at the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), who asked not to be named for not having been assigned to speak to reporters.

“Yemeni President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi, in his meeting with Undersecretary Jesus Yabes, expressed regret for the tragedy that befell our kababayans and conveyed his sincerest condolences to the families of the victims,” Hernandez said.

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He added that Hadi had ordered the conferment of a duty medal to one of the fatalities, Dr. Ruben Valenzuela, to be received by his family.

The families of those killed, in what is believed to be a terrorist attack, will receive compensation equivalent to the victim’s one year salary.

Of the people injured during the bomb blast, 27 were Filipino workers. They will receive compensation equivalent to their three months’ salary and will be flown back to the Philippines soon. With a report from Tonette Orejas, Inquirer Central Luzon

Originally posted at 04:15 pm | Monday, December 16, 2013

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