OFW victim of Israel-Palestine war to be cremated – DMW

A ball of fire erupts in Gaza City after an Israeli air strike on 12 October 2023. (Photo by Mahmud Hams / AFP)
A ball of fire erupts in Gaza City after an Israeli air strike on 12 October 2023. (Photo by Mahmud Hams / AFP)

The Department of Migrant Workers said on Friday that the remains of one of two Filipinos who died in the midst of the Israel-Palestine war will be cremated.

DMW Officer-in-Charge Hans Leo Cacdac said it was the family's decision to cremate the deceased Filipino.

"One of the relatives announced that they opted for cremation. For the other, we are already processing the repatriation of the body," Cacdac said.
"We are already processing it and the remains will be flown home soon."

The two victims have been identified as Paul Vincent Castelvi, a 42-year-old caregiver, and Angeline Aguirre, a nurse.

Aguirre was slain while doing her duty as a nurse who chose to stay with her elderly patient as Hamas gunmen opened fire on a bomb shelter in Israel.

Castelvi, meanwhile, was said to be planning to go home to the Philippines for the holidays to surprise his mother.

Cacdac said that around 22 Filipinos, including 19 caregivers and three hotel workers, have requested repatriation from Israel.

Israel has retaliated against Hamas' surprise attack with air strikes in Gaza that have razed entire districts.

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