BY JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL, Managing Editor
MDNN International – The Philippine Embassy in Turkey has announced in a statement that the remains of one of the two Filipino casualties of the 7.8 magnitude quake in Turkey and Syria will be brought to the Philippines.
The embassy identified the dead body of an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) as Wilma Abulad Tezcan, a native of Quezon Province in the Philippines.
It was learned that Tezcan went to Hatay province from Istanbul in January before the deadly quake happened, which killed over 20,000 people as of this writing.
“As requested by the daughter and with consent of the husband, the Embassy is arranging the immediate repatriation of the body of Wilma Abulad Tezcan.” the embassy in Ankara said in a statement.
The husband of Tezcan who is a Turkish National, report said, has given consent for the repatriation of his wife. However, the husband is yet to decide on the “treatment of his wife’s remains.
Prior to her confirmation as among the casualties of the tremor, Tezcan was earlier reported missing until the embassy has confirmed she was among the 24,000 who have died of the quake.
2 pinoys die in quake
Earlier, it was reported that the massive 7.8 magnitude tremor that hit Syria and Turkey on February 6 had left two Filipinos dead, the Department of Foreign Affairs reported Friday.
But the DFA could not ascertain yet the identities of the two Filipinos while search and rescue operations are ongoing.
It was learned that there were 34 Filipino evacuees, and their families are now relocated in a safer place in Ankara, the capital of Turkey.
The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) issued an advisory asking every good samaritan to share their blessings to the affected Filipino families in Ankara.