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OFW’s death shrouded in mystery

MANILA, Philippines (Tempo) – Three death certificates with conflicting dates of death accompanied the remains of an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) repatriated to Manila from Jordan recently.

To make matters worse, the deceased OFW, Janice Joy Pampangan, 25, a native of Makilala, Kidapawan, South Cotabato, returned home in a coffin wearing nothing but an adult diaper.

These were the allegations raised by Pampangan’s kin when they recently sought the assistance of the Migrante chapter in Davao City several days after the arrival of her remains last September 13.

Based on the affidavit issued by Pampangan’s mother and sister, one death certificate indicated that she died on June 21, the second June 22, and the third July 22, all last year.

Another inconsistency found in the documents sent along with Pampangan’s remains, according to Migrante-Middle East regional director John Leonard Monterona, was the date of the autopsy May 9, 2010 that happened ahead of her reported date of death May 22, 2010 as per the text message of her employer to her family in the Philippines. (Roy C. Mabasa)