MANILA – The Philippine Embassy in Qatar is working to repatriate the remains of the two Filipinos who were among the 12 people who were killed when a gas tank exploded at a Turkish restaurant in Doha on Thursday.
"We are hoping that we could repatriate the remains of the two Filipinos within a week's time," said Philippine Ambassador to Qatar, Crescente Relacion.
Relacion identified Romar Faduhilao as one of the two fatalities in the accident. He, however, could not yet reveal the name of the other fatality, as well as the two other injured Filipinos pending notification from their next-of-kin.
The ambassador said the Filipinos were working as merchandisers of a supermarket and has different sponsors.
"This restaurant is located very near the Landmark mall where the Carrefour supermarket is located," Relacion said.
The gas tank explosion at the Istanbul Restaurant was said to be accidental, but authorities continue to investigate the incident.
"Everything here is peaceful and the investigation of the incident is still ongoing. Presumably the gas tank explosion is an accidental one so we are not disturbed about the incident. None in Doha is alarmed about this," the ambassador said.
Around 30 other people were injured in the incident.
"We have dispatched the welfare officer to the Hamad General Hospital where the remains of the two Filipinos are now there," Relacion said.
Of the four Filipinos, only one of them was found to be an active member of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).
"As per our verification, only one of the victims-- and that is one of the fatalities--is an active OWWA member," he said.
Nevertheless, the embassy will still continue to provide assistance to the remaining three.
"We will assist them in getting their benefits from their employers. From our end, we will assist them in the processing of documents for the repatriation of the two fatalities," he said. With ANC