2 Filipinos dead in Israel-Hamas war

MANILA, Philippines – Two Filipinos were killed during the Saturday, October 7 rampage by Hamas militants near the Gaza border in Southern Israel, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a press briefing on Wednesday, October 11.

The Philippine consulate described one of the victims as a 33-year-old married female from Pangasinan who has been working in Israel for six years. The other victim is a 42-year-old male from Pampanga.

2 Filipinos dead in Israel-Hamas war
Strike devastates Gaza. Photo Credit: AFP via Getty Images

The Philippine government is now closely working with Israeli officials to repatriate the remains of the two Filipino victims of the war.

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. expressed his sadness on this incident and denounced the violence and terror attacks. He vowed continued support to affected Filipinos.

“We have received request for assistance para sa pagpapauwi ng dalawang nasawi. We are still coordinating with the authorities po sa pag-retrieve po ng body,” Welfare Officer Dina Ponciano said.

Philippine Ambassador to Israel Pedro Laylo Jr. in Tel Aviv said during the briefing via video link that he spoke with the wife of one of the victims on Tuesday night to inform her of the sad news and to convey their sympathies.

“I promised her that the embassy will provide all the necessary assistance she needs. The President will also speak to her today to convey his personal condolences and offer additional assistance,” Laylo said, adding that the embassy will not disclose the identities of the deceased in line with the family’s request for privacy.

“We continue to work closely with Israeli authorities and local contacts to find the three Filipinos who are still missing. Despite sporadic rocket attacks and the distressing images you see in the news and on social media these depict only certain areas in Israel particularly in areas surrounding the Gaza Strip.”

The ambassador said that the Embassy’s Migrant Workers Office and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (MWO-OWWA) Team continue to provide assistance to evacuated Filipinos taken to safer ground or being treated for injuries.

— The Summit Express

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