Body of Qatar blast victim arrives

Posted at 03/06/14 12:28 AM

MANILA (UPDATED) – The remains of one of two Filipino fatalities in the gas tank explosion in Doha, Qatar arrived on Wednesday afternoon, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) said.

The body of Charlie de Castro arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) via Qatar Airways flight QR926.

De Castro's relatives, who were at the cargo terminal with the OWWA Repatriation Team and OWWA officials, were emotional upon the arrival of his remains.

 “Napaka-bait po talaga niyan. Dahil sa totoo siya lang po talaga ang inaasahan ng pamilya,” Irene Rayos de Castro, the OFW's sister, said.

De Castro’s older brother Rico, who brought back his remains from Qatar, was in disbelief over what happened to his sibling.

“Maraming damage yung kanyang mukha… parang hindi si Charlie,” Rico, who is also an OFW in Saudi Arabia, said.

De Castro’s aunt Marie Paz Closa said Charlie had plans of marrying his long-time girlfriend next year.

“Inaano po ko siya na mag-asawa na kasi mag-30 na yun… iyun ang biruan namin. Sabi niya, opo next year uuwi na kami,” she said.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz directed OWWA Chief Carmelita Dimzon to extend full assistance to the family of the late OFW upon arrival at the airport, and release immediately the benefits due the family.

 “Dahil aksidente iyung ikinamatay, makaka-receive sila sa amin ng P200,000 (P100,000 for loss of life, P100,000 as accident benefit) at P20,000 for funeral assistance... plus may livelihood assistance kami para maka-start ng livelihood yung family,” OWWA officer Julie Fabian said.

De Castro, a native of Batangas, was among those killed in the accident last February 27. Two other Filipino workers were also injured in the blast.

The 29-year-old worked as a merchandiser at the Family Food Center in Doha.

He is survived by his mother, sister, and brother. - report from Bettina Magsaysay, ABS-CBN News