Kin of OFW found dead in HK to get benefits


Posted at Feb 25 2012 05:36 PM | Updated as of Feb 26 2012 11:20 PM

MANILA, Philippines (1st UPDATE) - The remains of Rowena Gloria Gomez, an overseas Filipino worker in Hong Kong whose body was found floating in Shau Kei Wan harbor last February 5, was repatriated Saturday afternoon.

In a phone interview, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesperson Raul Hernandez said that the cause of death is still unknown as they are waiting for the results of the autopsy conducted by Hong Kong officials.

"So far wala pang results 'yung autopsy at hinihintay pa natin 'yung results pati na rin ang DNA and analysis," he told ABS-CBN News.

Meanwhile, her family suspects that she was killed and continues to cry for justice. Gomez's father Mario recalled that their daughter contacted them in January telling them of her deplorable condition.

"Hindi kami naniniwalang nagpakamatay ang anak ko," said mother Lucia Gomez.

Gomez's parents were accompanied by Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) administrator Carmelita Dimzon and were assured that they will be given financial aid. If Gomez's death will be found to have been caused by foul play, her family will receive P200,000 as well as P20,000 burial assistance. They may also avail of OWWA's educational and livelihood assistance program.

The DFA also said that it will make sure that the investigation will be done thoroughly.

"Talagang titignan natin na 'yung cause of death ay malaman ng consulate. At patuloy ang pakikipagugnayan namin sa kanila tungkol sa kasong ito," said Hernandez. -- Report from Raphael Bosano, ABS-CBN News