'He wanted to bring wife home': Husband of Filipina who died in Sharjah fire discharged from hospital

He is awaiting to be repatriated back home, together with the remains of his wife


Angel Tesorero

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Image used for illustrative purpose. Photo: File
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Published: Fri 12 Apr 2024, 9:58 PM

Last updated: Sun 14 Apr 2024, 3:51 PM

The husband of the Filipina who died from the recent tragic fire in Sharjah has been discharged from the hospital and is awaiting to be repatriated back home, together with the remains of his wife, the Philippine labour attaché in Dubai has confirmed to Khaleej Times on Friday.

The identities of the couple were not given but labour attaché John Rio A. Bautista said “the husband of the deceased victim is now safe and has already been discharged from the hospital.”

Philippine authorities were able to speak to the expat, who they said wished to "recover immediately".

"One of his motivations was that he wanted to bring his wife home himself," according to Hans Leo Cacdac, officer-in-charge of the Department of Migrant Workers in Manila, as quoted in local media reports.

"In a way, it was his dead wife who also encouraged him to recover. He is now safe," Cadac said in an interview.

The Philippine Consulate-General (PCG) and Migrant Workers Office (MWO) in Dubai are assisting the husband to complete the documents necessary for the repatriation of the remains of his wife, Bautista said.

"Expenses will be shouldered by MWO. The deceased was under the visa of her husband.”

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Bautista added MWO have also provided financial assistance to the other Filipino victims of the Sharjah fire while the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) have given them food assistance.

John Rio A. Bautista. Photo: Supplied
John Rio A. Bautista. Photo: Supplied

“Most of those affected by the fire have already returned to their homes,” he added.

The devastating fire erupted at a high-rise residential building in Sharjah's Al Nadha area on April 4. According to Sharjah Police, five people died and 44 were injured in the incident. The deaths – including that of the unidentified Filipina – were believed to have been caused by suffocation.

Aside from the couple, 10 other Filipinos – including two children – who live in the same building, were also affected by the fire.


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