Cadaver bag used to repatriate beheaded OFW

By Jay Ruiz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 02 2014 03:56 PM | Updated as of Sep 02 2014 11:56 PM

MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs assured the family of a beheaded overseas Filipino worker that his remains were placed inside a cadaver bag--and not a trash bag--when it was repatriated last Saturday.

DFA spokesman and Assistant Secretary Charles Jose detailed the steps the Philippine Rapid Response Team made to make sure that Antonio Esperas’ remains would be treated with dignity.

First, at the Benghazi hospital, Esperas’ remains were washed several times then it was sprinkled with mint and perfume and wrapped with white linen and put inside a cadaver bag before it was placed in a wooden casket and repatriated to the Philippines.

Jose said that the family probably mistook the cadaver bag for a trash bag.

He said that government personnel risked their lives just to repatriate the remains of Esperas from Libya.

The Esperas family complained to media yesterday that the body of their loved one was put inside a trash bag.

The DFA reiterated that the remains were treated with dignity.