Bodies of 4 killed Algeria OFWs arrive home

Posted at 01/30/13 10:00 AM
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The remains of the four of the eight Filipinos who were killed during a hostage crisis at a gas complex in Algeria arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday night.

The remains of the OFWs, who worked for the Japan Gas Corp., arrived at the Miascor Cargo Center at 10:30 p.m. from its origin in Doha, Qatar.

The identities of the slain OFWs were kept at the request of their families.

No relatives were also seen waiting for the bodies at the airport.

The Department of Foreign Affairs earlier said the families of the eight fatalities in the deadly hostage crisis appealed that the identities of their departed loved ones not be divulged to the media so they could have some space and time to mourn their loss.

Overseases Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) administrator Carmelita Dimzon said the families of the deceased OFWs will receive P220,000 each.

Social workers will also be sent to conduct stress debriefing on the bereaved families.

The DFA said an OFW remains missing following the deadly hostage-taking incident perpetrated by Ismalist militants.

- Umagang Kay Ganda, 30 January 2013