Thursday August 16, 2018

Family seeks speedy repatriation of OFW’s remains

THE family of Angelo Claveria, the migrant worker found dead in a septic tank in South Korea, on Thursday, May 17, asked Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. for help in facilitating the speedy repatriation of the remains.

Angelita, mother of Angelo Claveria, said they had requested for an update from the Philippine Embassy, but they were told that Manila is still waiting for advice from Seoul.

Angelita was with daughters Mayette and Jeanette when they visited the governor Thursday.

Mayette said they were disappointed over the lack of development.

Defensor, for his part, said his office will coordinate with Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

Philippine Embassy Assistance to Nationals Officer and Attaché Glen Corpin earlier sent Angelita an email, advising her to execute a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) to authorize someone in Korea to be their attorney-in-fact or representative who will facilitate the repatriation.

The embassy also required the family to provide a letter of Acceptance of Human Remains.

Angelo was a metalworker at a factory in Hwaseong, Gyronggi province in South Korea. His body was found in a septic tank last April. He was 34.

“Kabay ang madakpan ang naghimo dayun matagaan hustisya ang (akon) anak (I hope the suspects will be captured so that justice will be attained for my son),” Angelita said. (Carolyn Jane Abello/SunStar Philippines)