DFA confirms 2 more Filipinos killed in tsunamis

By Veronica Uy

(UPDATE) FOREIGN Affairs spokesman Gilbert Asuque on New Year's Day issued another sad news update: overseas Filipino workers Kathryn Joy Lomadilla and Ria Jane M. Tuzara had join the list of those killed by devastating tsunamis in Phuket, Thailand.

Citing a report from the Philippine embassy in Thailand, Asuque said the two fatalities were confirmed by their fellow workers at the Sofitel Resort Hotel in Khao Lak province.

He added that the families of the victims would be assisted by the department in acquiring travel documents and plane tickets so they could positively identify the bodies and help in repatriation.

This was the case with Fresnel Sales, 30, son of Estelita Sales, one of the casualties identified earlier, Asuque said.

"He is now in Phuket. We will help in the wishes in the repatriation of the body as the family wishes," he added.

The two new victims of the tsunami bring to five the total number of Filipinos killed on December 26.

Earlier,  the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) listed Sharleen May Tan, Ivy Catherine Tomenio-Terasaka, and Sales as among those killed in the tragedy, which has claimed the lives of nearly 126,000 people in several Asian countries.

The following are still listed as missing by the DFA:

Alma Gillado, Marcial Ferre, Marian Pasag, Sherlyn Tan, Cruzette Bulaon Cruz, Marcela S. Albao, Jasmin Barandoc, Emily Balao, Gerard S. Reyes, Jovita Gomez, aka Wijitra Charoenpong; Ava Angelica Alora, Dario Banua Maniago, Eliza Ferguzon, Gloria Bauarle, Jay William Decayco, Remedios Rico Daniel, and Josie Co.

The following are listed as having survived:

Alexander Latoza, Charlie Caringal, Jean Caringal, Marlena Baardsen, Jenny Rose Bagoyo, Mary Ann Bagoyo, Theresa Joy Roxas, Novie Navarette, Rachel Escoton, Darryl Gay S. Juarez, Alvin H. Bay, sisters Catherine and Pilar Prieto, Marco Sangil, Virginia Cruz, Roselyn Carpio Asuncion, Beverly Tan, Celeste Panahon, Cherry Panahon, Erwin Raagas, Jovito Masaga, Lorena M. Burlaza, Margaret Ang-Choi, Rosemarie Phi King Tan, Joselito Balbutin, Jerwin Sedillo, Flordeliza (Dianne) Isla and Reginaldo Recibio.

Originally posted at 1:57 PM


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