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Monday, June 30, 2008

An OFW Morgue Tale

This is an urgent breaking news from Brisbane Australia.

Today, I and my family attended a Barrio Fiesta Annual celebration held in Yeronga Football Club, Brisbane Queensland.

I was shocked to learn that an OFW died of stroke and has been at the hospital morgue for three weeks.

I spoke to one of the officials of the barrio fiesta affair but I wasn't given any information about the OFW, but I managed to speak to one of the OFW who has worked with him.


He came to Australia under Visa 457- as welder with 3 yrs contract and was initially hired byTRANSAFE in oct 2005. He did not finished his contract with this employer.

He was hired by another company, as in-house welder, in April 2007. I'm sorry, I didn't find out the name of the new employer.

He has stroke one Tuesday, four weeks ago and was admitted to Prince Alenxandra Hospital, Brisbane. It was announced that, his body maybe transported back to Philippines sometime nextweek, no sure date yet.
Donations were being colected here for his body to be sent to phils.

my concern is, why it is taking so long for his remains to be claimed from the morgue.
- may insurance ba ito as OFW?
- alam ba ng phil embassy ito dito? may sub-office dito sa brisbane, pero 3 days-holiday dito ngayon. i can't make any contact with it.
-alam na kaya ng pamilya ni Mr. Cortez na siya ay matagal nang patay at naka-hold pa ang labi sa hospital morgue?

please followup his details sa DFA and POEA.
OFW week pala ngayon diyan. Sana, mabigyan si ROLANDO CORTEZ lalo na ang mga pamilya niya ng nararapat na kalinga at suporta.

Manuel G. Rodel
+61 410631512
Queensland Australia

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