2 Pinoy seafarers' remains coming home Saturday
THE HAGUE - The bodies of the two Pinoy seafarers who died in a ship collision in the Dutch North Sea are finally coming home to their families in the Philippines.
The Philippine embassy in The Hague confirmed that the remains of Capt. Dennis Sabang and First Officer Edwin Javier are scheduled to be flown from the Netherlands on Friday.
The two Pinoys' widows, Marichu Sabang and Mary Ann Javier, and their families are expected to receive the bodies on Saturday afternoon in Cebu and Zamboanga, respectively.
Sabang and Javier perished in a collision between their ship MV/Maria and fishing trawler Texler 68 at the Dutch port of Den Helder.
M/V Maria is owned by Rederij Groen (Green Shipping), which is based in The Hague.
The Dutch Maritime Police are still investigating the cause of the collision.
It took more than two weeks before the repatriation process was completed.
Last week, Sabang's wife Marichu expressed disappointment with Anscor Swire Agency, where the two Pinoys are under contract, for being slow in arranging the requirements for repatriation.
"Yung agency dito, parang mahina," Marichu said.
The embassy, however, explained that there is a procedure to follow and important documents to complete as part of the requirements for the remains to be repatriated to the Philippines.
"Death certicate, kailangan international death certificate yan. May English translation kasi kung Dutch lang hindi maiintindihan sa Philippines. Tapos ino-authenticate yan ng Ministry of Foreign Affairs ng Netherlands before they bring it to us so it will take some time and then there's an embalmer's certificate and then there's the laissez passer. So all these papers me proseso na dinadaanan," Consul Charlotte Tang said.
Tang said the embassy is always on top of these cases, making sure that the agency or principal is in full compliance of the requirements in order to expedite the repatriation process.
She stressed the importance of fulfilling all the requirements that will be to the benefit the families of the deceased.
"Yung papers you need them complete at tama kasi me implications yan for the future eh. Yung mga claims, benefits. The important thing is the paper is complete and tama for the deceased," Tang said.
Tang said the embassy is open to all Filipinos in the Netherlands who need assistance.