DFA vows justice for slain Filipino receptionist in Abu Dhabi


Posted at Feb 02 2021 01:43 PM | Updated as of Feb 02 2021 04:21 PM

MANILA (UPDATE) — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday vowed to seek justice over the death of a Filipino migrant worker in Abu Dhabi who had been missing since March.

The remains of Mary Anne Daynolo, a hotel receptionist, was found on January 30, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said. 

The United Arab Emirates has arrested a suspect, a colleague of Daynolo who confessed to the crime.

In a separate statement, the DFA said the suspect is currently under police custody.

Authorities, meanwhile, are still looking for two others who helped the suspect bury the Filipina, according to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

“We’ll leave no stone unturned for justice,” Locsin said in a tweet.

The DFA added that it would be in close coordination with Daynolo’s family and the Abu Dhabi authorities, through the agency’s Migrant Workers' Affairs office and the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi, for the ongoing criminal probe regarding the Filipina’s death. 

“The [DFA] extends its deep condolences to the family and assures them of the Philippine government's continuing guidance, support, and assistance in their time of grief and in the anticipated judicial process,” the statement read. 

Daynolo’s remains were repatriated over the weekend, Malacañang earlier said.

Government will cover Daynolo's burial expenses and her kin will also receive financial assistance, said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

-- Report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

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