THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) condoled with the family of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Slovakia who died a few days after two unidentified men beat him up in the capital Bratislava and vowed to bring those responsible to justice.
The Philippine embassy in Vienna, in a report to DFA, said that Henry John Acorda died on Thursday at the University Hospital Ruźjnov to injuries he sustained after he was attacked on May 26.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of our countryman Henry John Acorda,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said. “We mourn the loss of another of our own who by all accounts is a hero who came to the rescue of the defenseless in a land that is not even his.”
Local media reports said that two men attacked Acorda who tried to defend two women who were being harassed.
Authorities took into custody a 28-year-old local man in connection with the incident and charged him with manslaughter.
Cayetano assured the family of Acorda that the DFA would do everything to make sure that those responsible for his death would be brought to justice.
The Embassy said its Assistance to Nationals Section and the Philippine Consulate in Bratislava were assisting Acorda’s mother and his siblings who flew to Slovakia to look after him.
Assistance will also be provided to the family in preparing for the repatriation of the victims’ remains. JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA
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