Body of Pinay in Doha mall fire repatriated

Posted at 06/08/12 4:28 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The remains of one of the three overseas Filipino workers who died in a mall fire in Doha, Qatar arrived in her hometown in Bukidnon on Friday morning.

The body of Margie Yecyec arrived on Thursday evening in Manila. It was transported to Cagayan de Oro on Friday morning and immediately brought to her hometown in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.

Yecyec’s mother Lilia is thankful that her daughter’s body is finally home and that the family can now give her a decent burial.

“Masaya na ako dahil mailibing na ang aking anak,” said Mrs. Yecyec.

Yecyec and two other Pinays identified as Maribel Orosco-Aban and Julie Ann Soco, were among those who died in the Villaggio mall fire last May 29. All three were employed as teachers at the Gympanzee Nursery School inside the mall. Aside from them, 13 other children from the nursery also died.

“Naka-lock ang isang fire exit. Paano makapasok ang mga fireman?” said Yecyec’s cousin, Airen Tanquion in a translation.

The family plans to hold the mall accountable if they find out that it was the establishment’s fault that Yecyec did not survive the fire.

The 27-year-old OFW started working as an assistant teacher at the nursery school in Doha in November 2010.

The OFW’s family also clarified that her work in Doha was legal even though she’s not be a member of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

Yecyec will be laid to rest on June 14. Report from Primy Cane, ABS-CBN News