Husband to fly to Jeddah to probe OFW wife's suspicious death
The widower of the Filipino worker who supposedly committed suicide in Saudi Arabia will fly to Jeddah as soon as his visa is issued to learn more about the circumstances behind his wife's death.
John Paul Reyes has earlier expressed doubt that his wife, Jenny Reyes, jumped to her death as claimed by her employer.
"Hinihintay na lang namin ma-release 'yung visa para makapunta 'yung asawa sa Jeddah," said Susan Ople, head of the Blas F. Ople Policy and Training Center during a forum at the Kamuning Bakery in Quezon City on Thursday.
"From there, 'yung ating Philippine Consulate will assist him kasi ang gusto nung asawa makita yung remains ni Jenny Rose, makausap din yung mga Filipino na nagbibigay ng impormasyon, and hopefully makausap din yung Saudi recruitment agency na may contact dun sa employer," she added.
The Blas F. Ople Policy and Training Center is a group that assists OFWs and their families.
Reyes' accommodations and transportation for his three-day trip will be paid for by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) while the Philippine recruitment agency that deployed his wife will pay for his flight.
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration will also lend assistance through scholarship grants for the Reyes' children.
"Hopefully, within the next two weeks, sana, depende 'yan sa pag-issue ng visa," Ople said. "Pero handa na yung pamilya, handa na yung asawa, and I think magpapaalam rin siya sa trabaho niya para lang makapunta dun."
"Pero ang sabi nga nung pamilya ni Jenny Rose, ang mahalaga ay mapanatag yung kaluluwa ni Jenny Rose kasi nagpaparamdam sa kanila eh. Gusto nila mapanatag ang kaluluwa ni Jenny Rose kaya ginagawa ng pamilya ang lahat para malaman kung pano ba namatay," Ople said.
Because of the ongoing investigation by police, Jenny Reyes' body will remain in Saudi Arabia for the time being. Her belongings, however, may be returned to her family.
"Normally, it would take one to three months yung repatriation. Ngayon, kung may police investigation, baka tumagal pa. Alam 'yun ng asawa," Ople explained.