Monday, July 27, 2015

DFA securing details of Pinay therapist’s death in Kansas City

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is still gathering information regarding the death of Romina Ignacio, the Filipina physical therapist who was found dead in Kansas City last June 27.

"We are in the process of securing the details of this case from our consulate in Chicago, which has jurisdiction over Kansas," DFA spokesperson Charles Jose told GMA News Online via text message on Friday.

This was in response to the appeal of the Blas F. Ople Policy Center, a group assisting Filipino migrant workers and their families, to the DFA and to the Department of Justice (DOJ) to look into the circumstances surrounding Ignacio's death.

Ignacio's mother has disputed the claims by US police authorities that her daughter committed suicide.

Citing information from Ignacio's mother, Susan Ople, the center's president, said the victim "was found... with stab wounds in her neck and near her heart, as well as superficial wounds in the abdomen, while inside a bath tub, still wearing her clothes and flip-flops."

Jose acknowledged the concerns of the family, adding that they are working on the repatriation of the remains and that they are still gathering more information on the case.

"We note the statement of the family reported by the media, however we are still acquiring more information," he said.

Ignacio went to the US to work in March. She passed her licensure exams in Guam, which made her eligible to work in five states in the US.

The young therapist eventually found work in a nursing facility in Kansas City. —KBK, GMA News

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