By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
Senator Francis Pangilinan has called on the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to hasten the repatriation of bodies of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who died due to coronavirus disease in in the Kingdom of Saudia Arabia (KSA)
“We urge the Administration to allow the repatriation of the bodies of OFWs who died from COVID-19 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” said Pangilinan in a statement.
Saudi King Salman earlier notified the Philippine government to repatriate about 282 deceased OFWs within 72 hours since cremation procedures is not allowed under the Sharia Law of the kingdom.
Pangilinan said “strict adherence to safety and health protocols will guarantee that the transport of the remains will infect no one.”
He stressed that these fallen OFWs “deserve to come home and be with their loved ones for the last time, and be given the proper burial.”
Pangilinan noted that some families have even volunteered to help assist the government in transporting the remains, showing that they would do everything to be reunited with their relatives.
“These fallen heroes have been away from their families for years… we hope this plea will not fall on deaf ears and be given utmost consideration by both the Philippine and Saudi governments,” he said.