5 Filipinos die in road accident in Saudi Arabia


Posted at Jul 09 2010 08:56 AM | Updated as of Jul 10 2010 08:03 PM

SAUDI ARABIA – Four members of a Filipino family, including a 5-year-old boy, and their driver died in a tragic vehicular accident in the dark highways of Al-Hassa, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday night.

The Philippine Overseas Labor Office-Eastern Region Operations (POLO-ERO) identified the fatalities as Robert Demetrio, who is employed in a workshop in Al-Hassa; his wife Elizabeth, a teacher; their daughter Joyce Hassan, a nurse at the National Guard Hospital in Hofuf; and their 5-year-old grandson, Hope.

The victims are from Kidapawan, North Cotabato.

The Filipino driver of their vehicle, Gener de Java also perished in the accident.

Pedro de Castro Ibañez, who was accompanying the group, was the lone survivor of the accident.

The Demetrios were on their way to the airport when the accident happened. They were supposed to fly back to the Philippines for a vacation.

Authorities have yet to determine the cause of the accident.

Labor Attaché David Des Dicang said that the POLO-ERO will be coordinating with the Saudi authorities and the victims’ respective employers to assist in the repatriation of the bodies and look into the possible benefits for their next of kin. – Report from Raffy Beltran