Pinoy car mechanic dies in Saudi

Posted at 03/19/2014 11:00 AM

SAUDI ARABIA – An overseas Filipino worker who was suffering from untreated diabetes died of a stroke in Buraidah, Qassim.

Timoteo Bugador was a car mechanic in Sinaya Rawaf.

"Nakita ko siya dumugo ang mata niya. Pagdugo ng mata niya pinupunas ko dito sa mata niya ang tumutulong dugo sa mukha. Ayon, sabi noon kakilala niya pagdating, dalhin ka na sa ospital," said Bugador's friend, Dominador Diwata.

Bugador was put on a ventilator after he had a hard time breathing. He was confined at the King Fahad Specialist Hospital for more than two months.

Bugador had been without an iqama or residence permit for 10 years. He had not been to the Philippines for 30 years and had lost all communications with his wife and mother.

The OFW had been changing employers until finding his last one who worked to make his stay in the kingdom legal.

"Iyak pa siya na nagkaroon siya ng iqama. Sabi niya, 'Sa tagal ng panahon, ngayon lang ako nagkaroon ng iqama.' Sabi ko, tama yan! Sa pag-uwi ko sa 2015 March, sama tayo sa pagbakasyon. Sabi ko sa kanya. Sabi niya 'Oo'," Diwata recounted.

The remains section of the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh confirmed Bugador's death after someone reported to them his passing.

"Natawagan po namin last week yung employer at ang sabi ng employer ay kagagaling lang ng bakasyon so kinukuha pa niya lahat ng mga dukumento," said Rene Salazar of the embassy. Report from Omar Balindong, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau