THE remains of the slain Negrense woman who worked in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is expected to arrive in the province on Thursday, March 10.
Maria Lenlie Oliverio, 25, of Barangay Guiljungan, Cauayan town, was reportedly killed by a Pakistani national who works as a cleaner at the building she stayed in last February 18.
Police investigation showed that the suspect, who has been arrested, stabbed the victim with a knife and screwdriver after a verbal argument.
Cauayan Mayor John Rey Tabujara told Sun.Star Bacolod on Wednesday, March 9, that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Bacolod City has informed the family of Oliverio regarding the scheduled transport of her remains from Manila to the Bacolod-Silay Airport on Thursday afternoon.
Tabujara said the family told him that the victim’s boyfriend – an Indian national – shouldered the expenses in the repatriation of Oliverio’s remains to Philippines.
The victim’s parents, along with the staff of the Municipal Government of Cauayan, will pick up her remains at the airport, he said.
“The Municipal Government is providing vehicle to transport the body from the airport to Cauayan,” Tabujara said, adding that the local government unit will also extend financial assistance for the funeral services.
Oliverio, who has been working in Dubai for almost four years, was the breadwinner of the family.
Her parents, Eddie and Helen, along with their relatives, had earlier gone to the DFA-Bacolod Office to appeal for the agency’s assistance and immediate repatriation of the OFW’s remains back to the country.
Oliverio’s photos, along with calls for justice over her death, have gone viral on social media since being posted on February 22. Other OFWs in Dubai, through their social media accounts, had sought the help of others to spread word about the incident so that Oliverio’s family in Negros Occidental would be informed.