OFW Found Dead at the Pier in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, an OFW was found dead on the pier

DEAD OFW in HONG KONG – The authorities are currently investigating the case of an overseas Filipino worker whose decomposing body was discovered floating near a pier in the city earlier this week.

The OFW, who worked as a household helper, was found by joggers on July 13. The DFA Assistant Secretary, Paul Raymond Cortez, stated that the family of the deceased has requested privacy, hence the name of the deceased and the employer are being withheld. The employer has assured the authorities that they will facilitate the repatriation of the OFW’s body and settle any outstanding wages or benefits.

“Mga alas-6 po ng umaga, may nakita pong katawan na lumulutang-lutang sa may pier. They tried to fish out yung katawan kasi parang na entangle po dahil sa mga barko-barko. Noong nakita yung katawan medyo na decomposed na po,” he said.

Hong Kong OFW
Photo credit: Hong Kong Tourism Board

Cortez mentioned that a post-mortem examination will be conducted to determine the cause of death. The Philippine government expressed full trust in the investigations carried out by Hong Kong authorities, emphasizing the importance of obtaining all the necessary information to ease the family’s grief and bring the OFW’s remains back to the Philippines.

It is worth noting that this incident comes after another tragic incident in May 2023 when an OFW in Hong Kong fell from a window while performing cleaning duties. The safety and well-being of OFWs are critical concerns, and the government aims to ensure a thorough investigation into these incidents to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.

DILG show cause order
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