The family of an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) is weeping after they found out about his passing in Saudi Arabia due to heart attack.
Adding to their sadness was the fact that the OFW was not immediately brought to the hospital. When he was brought to the hospital, he was denied the immediate medication he needs and his remains were merely left unattended outside his workplace.
According to GMA News, the OFW was identified as BenignoUntalan, 58, who worked in Saudi Arabia for 28 years as a crane operator.
According to the relatives of Untalan, the OFW allegedly complained of difficulty breathing and asked to be brought to the hospital. But the ambulance of his company arrived after two hours.
“Two hours po siyang nag-aabang sa labas ng barracks niya, nu’ng dumating ang ambulansya, tinakbo na po siya sa ospital, ‘yun nga lang tinanggihan po siya. Then binalik na ng mga 11, nakabalik po sila sa barracks. Doon na siya namatay sa mismong gate, doon na siya binalot,” says Billy, son of Benigno.
In a video, Untalan was captured sitting down and still alive right before he was taken to the hospital. In another video, it can be seen that the remains of Untalan were placed inside a body bag under the heat of the sun.
According to the family of Untalan, they are yet to receive the death certificate of the OFW and his employer, as well as his travel agency, are yet to communicate with them.
“Naka-survive sana ang asawa ko. Nilagay pa ang bangkay sa ano… parang aso. Ang bait pa naman ng asawako,”saya Alma, wife of the OFW.
Alma said that his husband already survived a heart attack last 2019 but he still chose to continue with his work.
“May tatlo kaming anak napinag-aaral, kaya kahit may edad na, 58, pinilit niyang magtrabaho para saamin. Hindi ko po akalain na ganito ang mangyayari,” says Alma.
“Napakahirap po. Since bata kami si papa nasa abroad na, nangako siya sa amin na last contract na niya itong taon,” says Billy.
The grieving family is asking for help for the repatriation of the remains of the OFW