Remains of Filipina killed in Riyadh attack repatriated

By Veronica Uy

THE remains of the only Filipino fatality in the November 9 bombing of a residential building in Riyadh arrived in the Philippines Friday.

Julia Heidemann, spokesperson of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), said the repatriation of the body of Reylin Nuez Abarra set a new record for the swift repatriation of remains, especially from the Middle East.

"Repatriation of bodies usually take a while because of documentation difficulties in the Middle Eastern countries and this one, which took only 12 days, [happened] during Ramadan, too," Heidemann said.

Ramadan is the Islamic holy month.

The DFA spokesperson said credit should be given to Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Bahnarim Guinomla for facilitating the repatriation. "Tinutukan talaga ng embassy natin (The embassy really focused their attention on it)," she said.


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