THE Cebu Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) vowed to get the National Government’s help to bring home the remains of a Filipina who was killed last June 16 in Louisiana in the United States.
Rose Jao, PSWDO acting head, said that she will ask the Department of Foreign Affairs for help in bringing home the body of Indra Marie Quisido Sarong-Jones.
Indra and her husband, Avery, were found dead with gunshot wounds inside their home in Opelousas, Louisiana. KATC.com reported that Avery was suspected of killing his wife before shooting himself.
Indra, a native of Pinamungajan, Cebu, went to live in the US about five years ago after marrying Jones.
Indra’s friend in the US, Catherine Miller, told KATC.com that the Filipina worked in a gasoline station and studied at the Louisiana State University-Eunice.
Miller launched a fund-raising campaign to finance the transfer of Indra’s remains.
According to www.gofundme.com, more than $5,000 has been raised so far but the cost of transporting Indra’s body to Cebu will reportedly be at least $10,000.
Indra’s parents went to the PSWDO to ask for help.
Jao said that she still does not know what assistance the Capitol can give. She said that since Indra was not an overseas worker, they cannot ask the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration for assistance.
Pinamungajan Mayor Glen Baricuatro said that he will meet with other town officials to discuss assistance for the Quisido-Sarong family.
“Magtinabangay man gyud mi ngari (We always help each other),” he said.