Saudi Government Buried Remains Of 3 OFWs Without Consent
SAUDI GOVERNMENT – The remains of three overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who died of COVIID-19 were buried by the Saudi government without consent from their families.
This was a statement from Department of Labor and Employment secretary Silvestre Bello III, according to Inquirer.
Bello added that he further called the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the Philippines Abdullah Al Bussairy in order to raise the matter.
“Merong tatlo na nailibing without the permission of the next of kin. In fact, I even called Ambassador Bussairy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to question the burial of the three OFWs without the consent of the families,”
“When I talked to the Saudi Ambassador, His Excellency Bussairy, I expressed disappointment for their not asking the permission of the relatives or the next of kin of the dead OFWs. Nagbiro pa nga ako eh, our President may again impose a deployment ban,”
The remains of the three dead OFWs can no longer be exhumed anymore, according to Bello.
The Philippine government is set to bring home 274 OFWs from the country. Among them were 44 that are set to arrive in the Philippines on Friday. The remaining, on the other hand, will be brought home in latter days in batches.
When asked if there was assurance from the government of Saudi not to bury the remains of OFWs once more, Bello said this:
I think we got that commitment from them through our DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) specifically Ambassador Alonto, our Philippine ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
Based on the report, Bello assured that the bodies of 274 OFWs that are set to return home will be buried in the Philippines.
“We will see to it that we will bring them home. Because they deserve to be buried in their homeland. After all, they are our modern day heroes,”
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