MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday announced that another Filipino worker was confirmed killed in the hostage crisis in Algeria.
“He was first in the list of unaccounted for and later on when the team was allowed to identify the remains of some of the bodies there they were able to positively identify this person,” said DFA Spokesperson, Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez.
This brings the total number of Filipino workers killed in Algeria to seven.
“We have the identities of the seven but we don’t want to give them out because we don’t have the permission of the next of kin of these Filipinos,” he explained.
He said most of the Filipino fatalities died from gunshot wounds and from the explosions.
“We are hoping that we are able to identify all of the bodies that are in the morgue now and repatriate them as soon as possible,” he said.
Meanwhile, 17 other Filipinos escaped when Islamist militants took over the In Amenas gas complex.
He said that of the 17, four stayed at the Mercure Hotel. “These four were unharmed and they were not also among the hostages and were eventually repatriated yesterday,” he said.
Four others are still being treated in the Al Azhar Hospital and another four were repatriated. The remaining five were vacationing in the Philippines.
“They are stable, they are able to stand up and walk and the employer is now arranging the repatriation. Wala pang date for the repatriation,” he said regarding those Filipinos who are in the hospital.
Two Filipino workers remain unaccounted for.
“The team that we have in Algeria is still trying to find out who the two unaccounted for and therefore they are busy undertaking the coordination work with the employers, as well as the Algerian authorities,” Hernandez said.
The DFA, he said, remains in contact with the families of those who perished in Algeria.