MANILA, Philippines — House of Representatives Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez on Thursday condoled with the families of two overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who died in Israel, saying the deaths underscore the dangers faced by many Filipinos seeking greener pastures abroad. “These tragic events remind us of the dangers our Filipinos face even as they seek opportunities abroad. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims during this difficult time,” Romualdez said in a statement Thursday.
The Foreign Ministry confirmed the deaths of two Filipinos in Israel – a 42-year-old man from Pampanga who was captured by Hamas fighters, and a 33-year-old woman from Pangasinan who was killed along with her employer in an attack near the Gaza Strip .
Romualdez said he and Tingog party-list representative Yedda Romualdez will donate P1 million to the families of the Filipino fatalities.
Living opportunities and scholarships will also be provided to bereaved members, Romualdez said.
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of our fellow countrymen. In these difficult times, it is crucial for us as a nation to come together and support each other. The donation is just a small sign of our shared grief and our commitment to help,” Romualdez said.
According to President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., the country is now working to ensure the safety of OFWs and the Filipino community in Israel, and will immediately undertake repatriation efforts once the Israeli government opens humanitarian corridors.