Overseas Filipino worker Blessie Torres shed tears of joy when Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac informed her that Senator Richard J. Gordon, chairman and CEO of the Philippine Red Cross and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III helped to fast-track her COVID-19 test results and transport her to her home province.
Torres is the mother of Fabel Pineda, the 15-year old in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur gunned down by a riding-in-tandem killer while she was on her way home from a police station where she filed charges against police officers who allegedly abused her and her cousin.
“She felt consoled and shed tears of joy the first time I talked to her, when I mentioned that Senator Gordon and Secretary Bello joined forces to oversee fast-tracking of her PCR test results and transport home,” Cacdac said.
Bello directed Cacdac to seek Gordon’s help to get Torres’ result expedited so she would not have to undergo the mandatory two-week quarantine which is a requirement for arriving OFWs as a precaution against further spreading COVID.
“Nakiusap ako kay Senator Gordon na tulungan namin si Mrs. Torres para makauwi na siya agad sa Ilocos. Kahit nagdadalamhati siya, naiyak si Mrs. Torres sa tuwa. Laking pasasalamat niya, kay Secretary Bello at kay Senator Gordon at sa Philippine Red Cross,” Cacdac said.
Torres was one of 300 OFWs repatriated from Kuwait last Monday. They were immediately swabbed upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. On instructions of Gordon, Torres’ samples were immediately processed. The result, which turned out negative, was released on Tuesday morning.
According to Cacdac, OFW Torres also thanked Health Secretary Francisco Duque III for her Bureau of Quarantine Certifcate and to PNP Chief General Archie Gamboa for her safe transport from Manila to Ilocos Sur.
“Nakikiramay ako sa kanya at natutuwa ako na nakalabas na ‘yung resulta niya kaninang umaga kaya ngayon pauwi na siya sa Ilocos Sur,” Gordon said Tuesday night.
Bello, for his part, likewise conveyed his condolences to OFW Torres, and vowed to monitor the case against the perpetrators of the heinous crime, and seek justice for Fabel.
Torres was transported to Ilocos Sur through a joint effort by the DOLE-OWWA and the PNP.