MANILA, Philippines – A distressed Filipino worker who recently sought the help of the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh after absconding from her employer has died of breast cancer.
In a statement, the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh said it condoles with the family of the female worker at the embassy’s Bahay Kalinga who passed away on May 9 due to breast cancer.
“In behalf of the entire Embassy, I offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends of our dear kababayan. The Embassy in now coordinating with concerned Saudi authorities for the immediate repatriation of her remains to the Philippines,” said Ambassador Ezzedin Tago.
Tago said the embassy and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) did everything it could to seek medical attention for the Pinay.
“She was brought by the Embassy thrice to hospitals in the Kingdom but was refused admission for not having valid immigration documents,” the embassy said.
The female ward absconded from her employer in 2009. She was already suffering from an advanced stage of breast cancer when admitted to Bahay Kalinga on April 17, 2012.
The Pinay’s next of kin have been informed of her death.
“The Embassy reminds all Filipinos to immediately seek the assistance of the Embassy and POLO Offices for any employment-related complaints. All Filipinos in the Kingdom who have employment and immigration concerns are advised to immediately report to the Embassy and POLO Offices in the Kingdom to avoid situations requiring urgent intervention such as terminal health conditions,” the embassy said.