Zennia Aguilan Updates

She’s home. From ABS-CBN: The remains of a Filipina spa supervisor who was killed in a suicide attack at a luxury hotel in Afghanistan arrived in Manila Saturday evening. The body of Zennia Aguilan arrived 10:35 p.m. via Emirates flight EK 334. Her remains were met by her two siblings. They however declined to give any statement. Read the full article here.

Sagada folk condemn Afghanistan bombing. From Bulatlat.com: While residents of Sagada, Mountain Province (275 km north of Manila) mourn for the death of a community member in a suicide bombing incident in Afghanistan on Jan. 14, they condemn the bombing incident as inhuman and at the same time criticized the labor export policy of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as a “push factor” for health professionals. Read the rest here.

Insensitive as ever, OWWA Administrator says “I told you so”. Remember Marianito Roque? He is the OWWA Administrator who, after stating that Jocelyn Dulnuan was remiss for not paying her dues (scroll down), used Dulnuan’s death to ask OFWs to pay their OWWA dues. This time, Marianito is using Zennia’s death to prove that he is right in banning the deployment of OFWs to Afghanistan. Read the report at GMA News.

Maybe I’m being overly critical, and Marianito may very well be right, but I think there are better times to say those kinds of things. If he is going to undertake a PSA (public service announcement) campaign about paying OWWA dues and not going to dangerous places, can’t he at least wait for families who lost their love ones to grieve before he opens his mouth?

Show some respect, man.

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