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Remains of 2 Filipinos killed in Abu Dhabi gas leak blast cleared for repatriation

The Department of Foreign Affairs revealed that the two Filipinos who were killed in a gas explosion in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last August 31 have been cleared for repatriation.

“Embassy officials and regional representatives from DFA and DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment) are working closely with the families for the acceptance of the remains,” the DFA said in a statement.

Representatives from the DFA and DOLE also visited one of the families in their hometown.

Ambassador Hjayceelyn Quintana met with the widow and brother of the other Filipino fatality.

The Embassy said that they arranged the viewing of the remains by family members and is currently monitoring discussions between the families of the deceased and their employers.

“The families are also being assisted in the processing of the death benefits they receive from the Philippine government,” the DFA added.

Meanwhile, Quintana spoke to the Filipino who was injured from the accident.

“The Embassy expresses thanks to the UAE Government for ensuring that the affected Filipinos are cared for. The Embassy also thanks the members of the Filipino community whose prayers and expressions of support lent healing and comfort to the families of the victims,” the DFA said.

The explosion took place inside a residential building at Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Road.

Two of the victims, Clark Bacud Gasis and Merriner Goc-ong Bertoces, were instantly killed in the blast while some 10 Filipinos, including two children, were injured.

Mark Nituma

Mark is the editorial director of TFT and is currently based in its Manila headquarters. Upon graduating from UP Diliman in 2010, he joined the internationally-awarded TV magazine show Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho as a researcher. Nearly a year later, he became one of its segment producers. In a span of five years with GMA7, he was able to travel not only the Philippines’ most beautiful spots but also the country’s least visited places—from some of the war-torn areas of Mindanao to impoverished parts of Luzon and Visayas—capturing a closer look at life in these communities. Mark also worked with various TV programs and specials such as Philippine Treasure and Reel Time. After his five-year stint in the media network, he flew to Dubai in 2016 to start his career as a journalist/reporter for The Filipino Times. Got story pitches? Send Mark an email at [email protected] or drop him a line on

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