Beheaded Pinoy's remains stuck in Libya

Posted at 08/12/2014 2:24 AM | Updated as of 08/12/2014 3:07 AM

MANILA - Nearly a month after Filipino worker Antonio Esperas was kidnapped and beheaded in Libya, his remains have yet to be brought back home.

His family hopes government can do something about it.

In a shanty in Metro Manila, the Esperas family has been grieving for almost a month now.

The head of their family, Antonio, was the Filipino construction worker who got kidnapped and beheaded by insurgents in Libya last July 15.

"Bakit siya pa? Bakit pinugutan ng ulo? Isa siyang mabait na tao. Gusto lang niya kaming bigyan ng kinabukasan ang kanyang mga anak. Masipag, mapagmahal siya," said his wife Maribel.

Esperas was once repatriated by government back in 2011, but returned to Libya after he failed to get a permanent job in Manila.

"Baon kami sa utang ngayon, 'di ko alam gagawin. Sinubukan niya dito pero walang permanenteng trabaho dito. Hangad niya talaga magkaroon ng tahanan na amin at hindi binabaha," Maribel said.

"Tanong ko po sa kanya, Papa bakit aalis ka pa? 'Kailangan kong gawin ito anak para kayo ay makapag-aral,'" said his daughter Joan.

It's the reason many other migrant Filipino workers are risking their lives in conflict zones like Libya.

Esperas's family has yet to see his remains.

They are asking the Foreign Affairs Department to bring his body home as soon as possible, so they can finally find closure. - with ANC