"We have received a report from our embassy in Pretoria of an overseas Filipino being a fatal casualty in an ambush last Saturday in Mozambique," Jose told GMA News Online on Thursday.
Mozambique is currently grappling with a rising insurgency in the country’s central region.
Manila’s does not have an embassy in Mozambique, but its diplomatic post in Pretoria, South Africa, is in charge of the neighboring African state.
The Philippines, one of the world’s top labor-sending countries, has around 10 million workers scattered across the world, making them vulnerable to labor abuses, physical maltreatment and armed conflict in countries with ongoing civil strife.
Their struggling Southeast Asian nation calls them "modern-day heroes" for the often-meager earnings they send home that, collectively, keep the Philippine economy afloat and local business booming.
Renamo, which operates as both the largest opposition party and an insurgent group, fought a 16-year war against the government that ended in 1992.
The party rejected the results of 2014 elections, which were won by Frelimo, the movement that led the country to independence from Portugal in 1975 and has ruled ever since.
Renamo rebel chief Afonso Dhlakama has vowed to win control over some provinces and has overseen the spate of attacks that started late last year in a bid to force the government to accede to their demands. —with Agence France-Presse/KBK, GMA News