Probe death of OFW in Saudi, group urges

AN ALLIANCE of Filipino migrant rights group yesterday called on the Philippine Embassy in Saudi Arabia to investigate the cause of the death of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who was rushed to a hospital in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

John Leonard Monterona, quoting reports from a Migrante chapter in Saudi Arabia, said a female OFW was brought to King Fahad Hospital in Dammam at around 10 p.m. on last Monday.

Monterona said Migrante welfare case officer Marcial Abay has identified the victim but refused to release the name until the relatives in the Philippines are informed by the Philippine Embassy.

He said the victim was brought by a Saudi national in King Fahad hospital in Dammam still alive. After a few minutes, however, she was pronounced dead by hospital physicians.

“Based on the initial reports, the female OFW victim has several stab wounds in different parts of her body and poisonous acid in her mouth has been noticed,” Monterona pointed out.

The Migrante officer said the Philippine Embassy in Saudi Arabia should form an investigating body as soon as possible to look into the incident.

“The result of this investigation must be the basis of filling a case against the suspect, foul play is not remote based on the initial reports we have received,” Monterona averred.   D’Jay Lazaro

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