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Body of slain OFW in Jordan arrives home

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TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) Felma Maramag came home Sunday, February 19, in Penablanca town in Cagayan province already a cold corpse.

It was a bittersweet homecoming for the family of Maramag, who told media she was supposed to come home next month after her employment contract expires.

She left her 15-year old daughter Angelica and her dependent 68-year old mother Natividad Dalupang. Her husband had already left them even before she went abroad.

“Siya na lang po ang bumubuhay sa aming dalawa ni Angel. Siya ang nagbibigay ng kabuhayan naming. Buwan buwan nagpapadala ‘yan ng allowance naming, allowance ng anak n’ya. Kasi wala na rin akong asawa, namatay na,” Natividad told Forum.

Her daughter Angelica said she was still able to talk to her mother two days before the killing on February 5. It was the time when Maramag reportedly sent money for her family.

Angelica said her mother, in that call, told her to always be a good girl and to always take care of herself.

She said Maramag was only forced to work abroad to support her studies.

“Sobrang sakit. Mahalaga siya sa ‘kin dalawa na lang kami. Ngayon, nag-iisa na lang ako,” Angelica said. “Excited [akong makita siya,] pero makikita ko siya, bangkay na.”

Maramag, according to an information related his brother Apolinario Dalupang Jr by officials of the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA), was reportedly killed by two Jordan nationals in February 5.

But Apolinario said he was only informed of his sister’s fate February 8, by a concerned OFW in Jordan.

He said her sister was only dragged in the killing after two men are asked to work as part-time house helpers killed her employer.

Apolinario said the killing rooted from a misunderstanding between Maramag’s employer and the part-time Jordan helpers regarding their wage arrangement.

He said his sister’s head was reportedly smashed with hard object.

Appeal for government’s help

Maramag’s family is now asking the government for help, saying she had long been helping even her siblings.

“Siya lang ang inaasahan naming pero ganun naman na ang nangyari sa kanya. Ngayon, gusto ka sanang may ibigay na pangkabuhayan na dumating sa amin kay Angel kasi wala na, wala nang mamumuhay sa amin,” Natividad said.

Natividad then asked President Rodrigo Duterte for a cash assistance, just enough to put up a small business that will sustain the her and Angelica’s needs.

She also said that Maramag had told her she wanted to come home on March with her over P200,000 savings in her bank.

Maramag’s sister said they are asking the help of the government to withdraw the money as this is Maramag’s fruit of labor of her four years as OFW.

“Ang gusto naming mangyari, para sa anak ang ipon niyang ‘yun. Kahit ‘yun lang ang dumating [na tulong] kasi…para sa anak niya talaga yun,” Maramag’s sister said.

An OWWA official told Rappler that they will coordinate with the family for more information regarding the said savings. -Northernforum.net

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