PHL Embassy working to bring home remains of Iraq fire victims soon
The Kurdistan Regional Government reiterated Tuesday morning its assurances to the Philippine Embassy that it will do everything possible to facilitate the repatriation of the remains of 13 overseas Filipino workers who perished in the Capitol Hotel fire in Erbil last Friday, the Philippine Embassy in Iraq posted on its Facebook account.
"While it normally takes two weeks or more before deceased migrant workers could be sent home, the Embassy is hopeful that with the support promised by Kurdish authorities, the families in the Philippines will not wait that long," the embassy said in a statement.
Elmer Cato, charge d’affaires of the Philippine Embassy in Baghdad, told GMA News Online that embassy officials met Kurdish authorities to coordinate the repatriation of the remains of the victims.
"On Sunday, the Embassy called on Governor Nawzad Hadi who told us that no less than Iraq Kurdistan region President Masoud Barzani have expressed great sadness over the deaths of the 13 Filipinos and ordered a thorough investigation into the incident," he said.
"With the victims identified and their loved ones notified, the Embassy will now focus its efforts on getting them home as soon as we can," Cato added. — DVM, GMA News