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OWWA providing aid but kin of Murcia OFW want justice

The remains of the overseas Filipino worker who died while in quarantine at a Makati City hotel arrived at her home in Barangay Lopez Jaena, Murcia, Wednesday, October 20.*Contributed photo

The body of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who died while in quarantine at a Makati City hotel arrived at their home in Barangay Lopez Jaena, Murcia in Negros Occidental on Wednesday, October 20, her brother said.

Sheila Mae Malibong Hallares, 40, was found dead on October 13 in a room at Eurotel Makati Hotel in Makati City, where she was quarantined on her arrival from Lebanon.

Her brother PO1 Nico Malibong, who is assigned to the Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office, said while the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has assured them of the insurance due his sister and assistance for her two daughters they will still pursue their complaint for negligence against OWWA and the hotel.

They want justice for his sister, he said.

His sister was found dead in her room at Eurotel on October 13, but they were informed that she succumbed to a hemorrhagic stroke on October 11, Malibong said.

OWWA Regional Director Riza Moldes said the incident was an isolated case, but her counterparts will study changes and adjustments to prevent a similar incident from happening.

“Repatriation and isolation (of OFWs) is not solely an OWWA, undertaking, this is also an inter-agency undertaking,” she added.*

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