Group urges manhunt vs. killer of Filipino migrant worker found dead in Manila airport

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Jan 13 2012

A Filipino migrants’ rights group urges today the authorities to conduct a thorough investigation on the death of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who is believed to have just returned from her work but was found dead inside a suitcase at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) 2 pay parking areas on January 11.

Police investigators indentified the OFW as Nidzmar Bahjin. According to her kin, she is supposed to return to Manila from Bahrain last Tuesday on board Gulf Air flight GF156, which is expected to arrive 4pm from Manama, Bahrain.

“We condemn her brutal killing. Only a person with no conscience but with a highly criminal mind can do it to her putting even her cold dead body inside her own suitcase,” declared John Leonard Monterona, Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator.

He said the killing is quite alarming as it underscore the need to tighten the security not only at the NAIA airports but also in others around the country.

“The OFW’s brutal killing happened under a lax security measure provided by the NAIA security personnel and the deputized members of the Philippine National Police (PNP),” Monterona added.

He said NAIA or other airports must be placed on a high security alert or measures. “This should not be waived or relaxed.”

Monterona also urges the formation of a composite taskforce composed of PNP investigators and NAIA security personnel to probe deeply on the OFW’s killing and a manhunt against the killer or killers must be conducted.

“We will more than be happy to see OFW Bahjin killer rot inside prison cell. Only then, we could say justice is attained,” Monterona concluded.

Written by:
John Leonard Monterona
Migrante Middle East regional coordinator
migranteme@gmail.com

Advancing the rights of migrant workers throughout the Middle East