2 Pinoy fatalities in Algeria identified

From a report by Jorge Carino, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 22 2013 02:35 PM | Updated as of Jan 23 2013 06:58 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration has identified two of the six fatalities in the Algeria hostage incident as Raffy Edubane and Iluminado Santiago.

OWWA administrator Carmelita Dimzon released the two names after she informed the relatives of the two OFWs about the incident.

Dimzon says the OWWA is now trying to get in touch with the relatives of the other Filipinos killed in Algeria.

Six Filipinos were confirmed killed when Algerian militants seized a gas facility. Four other Filipinos remain unaccounted for.


Meanwhile, Vice President Jejomar C. Binay said the government will help the relatives of OFWs killed in Algeria in the identification and repatriation of their kin's remains.

"We also have to ensure that the employers of the OFWs will shoulder all repatriation expenses and release all unpaid salaries due our workers," Binay said.

Binay met with the wife of one of the slain OFWs on Monday afternoon. The wife, who declined to be identified, said she was told of her husband's death by the employer and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

However, she expressed doubt whether it was her husband who was killed.

"They told me he was one of those who died in a bus that was rigged by militants with bombs. If he really died in the blast, chances are his body was dismembered. And if so, then how was he identified?” she asked.

She said her husband's mother, who is sick, is still unaware her son was killed in Algeria, and they are afraid her condition will worsen if she learns the bad news.