DFA vows justice for Pinoy killed in Slovakia

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Sunday vowed to give justice to an overseas Filipino worker in Slovakia who died a few days after he was mauled by two unidentified men in the capital Bratislava.

The Philippine embassy in Vienna reported that Henry John Acorda died on Thursday at the University Hospital Ruźjnov of 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 Acorda was attacked by two men for trying to defend the two women they were harassing.

Authorities have in their custody a 28-year-old local man in connection with the incident and has been charged with manslaughter.

Cayetano assured the family of Acorda that the DFA would do everything to make sure that those responsible for his death are brought to justice.

The Embassy said its Assistance to Nationals Section and the Philippine Consulate in Bratislava are 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.

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