Three planes to fly home remains of Filipinos from Saudi Arabia

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There are an estimated one million Filipinos working or living in Saudi Arabia [File: Bullit Marquez/AP]

The Philippine government has announced it is sending three chartered flights to Saudi Arabia to bring home the remains of hundreds of Filipino workers, many of whom have died of the coronavirus.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman Harry Roque said on Tuesday the government is “not sparing any expense” to repatriate the deceased workers, although he added it has decided to bury the remains of at least 50 people in Saudi Arabia. 

“[The number] is not surprising because the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has the most number of overseas Filipino workers,” Roque said during his daily online briefing. There are an estimated one million Filipinos working or living in Saudi Arabia.

Philippine Ambassador to Riyadh Adnan Alonto earlier said there were 353 Filipino workers whose remains are awaiting repatriation, including 107 who died

Read More: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/06/planes-fly-home-remains-filipinos-saudi-arabia-200623043218321.html

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