2 Filipina housemaids found dead

Housemaids found dead in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, according to Department of Foreign Affairs

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Two Filipina housemaids were found dead in Lebanon and in Saudi Arabia last week, according to the Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

The DFA said on Monday that the the Philippine missions in Beirut and in Riyadh are closely coordinating with investigating authorities “to see to it that there was no foul play in the deaths of the two Filipina domestic workers.”

Citing initial reports, the DFA said that the two housemaids — one from Cagayan and one from Agusan del Sur — took their own lives.

“We are deeply saddened by the news that two of our kababayan reportedly decided to take their own lives while working abroad and away from their families,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said.

“Our thoughts and prayers to the loved ones they left behind.”

Cayetano assured the families of the two housemaids that the DFA will extend the necessary assistance to them, including the repatriation of the remains of their deceased loved ones as soon as possible.

The OFW in Lebanon was found dead on June 11 while the OFW in Saudi Arabia was found lifeless at her employer’s residence in Al Hasa, some 350 kilometers from Riyadh, on June 12, according local media in Manila.

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