Kin of slain Ilonggo OFW wants speedy return of his remains

Angelita Claveria (left), Mayette Claveria (center) & Jeanette Claveria (right) (Photos by Louine Hope Conserva)

THE family of slain Overseas Filipino Worker Angelo Claveria, whose skeletal remains were found in the septic tank of a water purifier in South Korea, is appealing for the speedy repatriation of his remains.

Claveria, 34, of Cabatuan, Iloilo was a factory worker in the city of Seoul. His skeletal remains were found on April 3, 2018, at Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province.

His mother Angelita and his sisters Mayette and Jeanette sought the help of the Iloilo provincial government on May 17 in facilitating their request with the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Philippine Embassy to immediately send home his remains to Iloilo.

They also appealed to Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. to help expedite the trial of the case.

“Kabay lang nga dasigon lang nga madul-ong diri ang akon bata. Kabay nga madakpan ang naghimo sini kag matagaan hustisya ang anak ko,” Angelita said.

Jeanette said they are also waiting for an update from the DFA-6 Consular Office.  She went on an emergency leave from her work in Bahrain to process the burial of Angelo. She will return to work on June 4.

In an email sent to Jeanette on March 16, 2018, Glenn Corpin, Assistance to Nationals Officer and Attaché of the Philippine Embassy in South Korea, informed her that the family needs to accomplish the Letter of Human Remains form.

The mother should also execute a special power of attorney to authorize someone, relative or a friend, in Korea to be the family’s attorney-in-fact or representative who will facilitate the repatriation of the remains.

In case the family could not find someone to appoint in Korea, Corpin said he is willing to be appointed as the mother’s attorney-in-fact “in order to expedite the repatriation process.”

“So we already appointed Mr. Corpin. He gave us two to three days to wait for the result,” Mayette said.

Defensor said he already sent a letter to Secretaries Secretary Silvestre Bello of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Allan Peter Cayetano of DFA relaying the concern of the family.

“We will help expedite the repatriation as well as in the investigation,” Defensor said.



Angelo’s family also believes that a Filipino co-worker and close friend killed the migrant worker.

Citing information from the Korean police, Philippine Ambassador to South Korea Raul Hernandez said a Filipino migrant worker who has already returned to the Philippines is being considered as the primary suspect.

Jeanette said they have an idea on the identity of the co-worker but refrained from naming that person because of the ongoing investigation.

“We have an idea (of the suspect). During our previous chats, our brother has mentioned that he is being bullied by his co-workers,” she said.

The suspect, according to them, is not from Iloilo.

Claveria started working in South Korea in July 2014. Jeanette said the last time that his brother contacted them was in 2015.

“Some time January to February 2016 naga-chat pa siya sa amon. But may idea na kami nga indi na siya ang ga-reply. Kay ang amon istoryahanay Hiligaynon pero ang reply Tagalog na,” she said.

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