DFA coordinating with Saudi Arabia in inquiry on hit-and-run death of OFW

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THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday said it has coordinated with Saudi authorities in investigating the death of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who was hit by a vehicle on June 12.

“We extend our deepest sympathy with the family of our kababayan who died a few days ago from injuries he sustained in a hit-and-run accident in Jeddah,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano said in a statement.

The Philippine Consulate in Jeddah said it has asked Saudi authorities to conduct a thorough investigation of the 51-year-old construction worker from Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, following allegations of his employer’s negligence.

Consul-General Edgar B. Badajos said the OFW died from injuries he sustained four days after he was struck by a vehicle last June 12. He added that the Philippine Consulate will also inquire with the hospital where the OFW died to determine if the employer extended all possible assistance to keep him alive. — Camille A. Aguinaldo