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SAD CHRISTMAS: Remains of Dubai Pinay housemaid flown home

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Dec. 11, 19 | 1:54 pm

DUBAI: It’s that time of the year when families of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) would be having balikbayan boxes filled with goodies for Christmas.

But not the Evangelistas.

They would instead have a wooden box with something different in it: A kin’s remains; that of Leonora’s, a single mom who left her infant to their care so she could take her chances in Dubai and prepare a bright future.

“Napakalungkot po ng nangyari,” said Leah Evangelista, Leonora’s cousin who is based in Abu Dhabi and working as secretary at a contracting firm. “Walang makukuha ang family nya kasi hindi sya OWWA member. Tatlong buwan pa lang sya dito tapos ganun,” she added.

Leonora, who arrived in Dubai on a visit visa around August last year, got a job as a household service worker. She was rushed to Rashid Hospital in mid-November following a ruptured brain blood vessel and was moved to the Intensive Care Unit after going into coma.

She did not regain consciousness and died a week later on Nov. 29.

“Pumutok daw yung ugat sa utak at kumalat agad ang dugo kaya sya inoperahan,” “Rosemarie,” a volunteer said.

Upon arrival in Dubai,  The Filipino Times learned that Leonora was referred to an agency which processed her employment as a household service worker — a known modus operandi of human traffickers.

Leonora’s remains arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on board a Philippine Airline flight the morning of Dec. 11, according to Leah. The OFW hailed from Rizal, Nueva Ecija.

 

 

 

 

 

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Observatory experts say Shawwal crescent moon might not show today

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Pakistan plane crashes with 107 on board

Pakistan plane crashes with 107 on board

An aircraft from Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) carrying 99 passengers and eight crew members crashed at a residential area in Karachi on Friday, May 22. Pakistan immediately mobilized paramilitary troops and civil administration authorities to aid and rescue...

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