NBI: Re-autopsy results on slain OFW in Kuwait out in a month

Robie de Guzman   •   May 27, 2019   •   2092

Filipino worker Constancia Lago Dayag was allegedly physically and sexually assaulted before she died. | Courtesy : FB

MANILA, Philippines – The results of the re-autopsy and toxicology test performed on the remains of a Filipino household service worker who was killed in Kuwait will be out next month, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said on Monday.

NBI Spokesperson and Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin said they have finished re-examining the remains of Constancia Lago Dayag and the results will be available within four to five weeks.

“We will come up with the report in 4 to 5 weeks’ time because there are laboratory examinations,” Lavin said.

The NBI conducted the examination following requests from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to determine Dayag’s cause of death.

47-year old Dayag was allegedly physically and sexually assaulted before she died. She was rushed to Al Sabah Hospital on May 14, 2019, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

“We did oral swabbing, vaginal swabbing then mayroong nakuhang part ng uterus. Mayroong part of the intestine. Mayroong fingerprints na kinuha. Mayroon ding nail clippings na kinuha. This is a full forensic doon sa tao,” Lavin said. 

The NBI official admitted their experts encountered difficulty in performing the tests because Dayag’s organs have already shrunk. He added that another autopsy may be conducted on her remains.

Dayag’s remains arrived in Manila last Thursday (May 23) and was transported back to her hometown in Isabela. Her body is lying in state in Angadanan town.

The DFA has assured to continue providing legal and other assistance to Dayag’s family. 

READ: DFA: Raps filed vs employer of Filipina who died it Kuwait

The DFA and the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait earlier vowed to continue working with the Kuwait government for the speedy resolution of the felony murder case against Dayag’s employer. (with details from April Cenedoza)

DFA sends biggest batch of repatriated OFWs

Marje Pelayo   •   August 23, 2019

Undocumented Overseas Filipino Workers who availed themselves of the Embassy’s Assisted Repatriation Program for distressed overseas Filipinos line up at the check-in counter at Kuwait International Airport, prior to their flight back to the Philippines on 20 August 2019. (Kuwait PE photos)

MANILA, Philippines – Repatriation of distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Kuwait continues with the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait sending the biggest batch on Wednesday (August 21).

On Wednesday, the Embassy successfully repatriated 63 undocumented and distressed OFWs in addition to the 200 previously repatriated Pinoy workers under the Embassy Assisted Repatriation Program (EARP) for 2019.

 “The EARP will continue all year round, as long as there are undocumented and distressed Filipinos who want to be reunited with their loved ones in the Philippines,” said Embassy Chargé d’Affaires (CDA), a.i. Mohd. Noordin Pendosina N. Lomondot in a statement.

“A lot of people thought that the Embassy’s repatriation program ended with amnesty program of the Kuwaiti government last year. This is the reason why we continue to encourage Filipinos with expired visas in Kuwait to visit the Embassy and apply for the EARP,” he added.

Lomondot expressed gratitude to the Kuwaiti government for its continued support in the Embassy’s repatriation efforts as well as the staff of the Embassy for their commitment in making the program successful.

All 63 repatriated OFWs were given an all-expenses paid tickets from Kuwait to Manila as well as one-way tickets from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to their respective provinces.

Meanwhile, those staying at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) shelter were given food assistance while waiting for their repatriation and eventually transportation assistance from the Embassy to Kuwait International Airport.

According to the Embassy, the EARP is a joint program of the Embassy and the Kuwaiti government, through the Illegal Residency Monitoring and Immigration Departments of the Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior.

The program also aims to repatriate overseas Filipinos who were charged with absconding and expired visa cases at the Immigration Department, without having to be detained.

The Embassy encourages all qualified Filipinos who wish to avail of the EARP to send a message through mobile phone number +965 9800 5115 which is also available on Viber and WhatsApp.

2 National Museum officials arrested for extortion

Maris Federez   •   August 20, 2019

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) have arrested two high-ranking officials of the National Museum.

The two were involved in extortion in exchange of permits issued by the agency, particularly on treasure hunting.

According to the PACC, the two officials had been extorting money from the complainant who has a pending application for treasure hunting permit at the agency.

The two were asking for P120,000 from the applicant for a permit that only costs P3,000.

“So pumunta sa amin iyong complainant then we set up this entrapment operations with the NBI.  Malaki hong halaga iyan for these permits dahil legal fees hindi naman aabot yan ng ganoon kalaki,” said PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica.

The two were identified as Ernesto Toribio Jr, chief of the National Museum Treasure Hunting Section, and Angel Toribio, acting Director and Curator II of the museum’s Cultural Properties Division.

The PACC believes that there is a possibility that extortion has already become rampant at the National Museum as there are no clear guidelines on the process of application permits such as in treasure hunting.

With this, the PACC is urging the National Museum administration to streamline its requirements for permit applications.

PACC will file bribery, extortion, and conspiracy against the two officials. (with details from Mai Bermudez) /mbmf

NBI nabs De Lima co-accused in Pampanga

Marje Pelayo   •   August 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Friday (August 16) arrested one of Senator Leila de Lima’s co-accused in the illegal drug case.

Around 5:30 am on Friday, NBI operatives nabbed Jose Drian ‘Jad’ Dera in Angeles, Pampanga.

Dera has been hiding for two years since a warrant of arrest was issued against him.

De Lima and Dera were both accused in the two cases of alleged conspiracy to commit illegal drug trading in the ongoing trial at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branches 205 and 256.

Dera is De Lima’s nephew and former staff when she was then Justice Secretary.

Dera allegedly served as De Lima’s middleman in receiving P70-M cash from drug lords inside the New Bilibid Prisons as well as in the alleged extortion of P30-M and four vehicles from high-profile inmate Peter Co.

The lady senator, in her statement in March 2017, denied any blood links with Dera.

Dera, meanwhile, also denied being a relative of De Lima.

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