DFA commits to pay for repatriation of Filipino couple who died in Maldives

DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) was said to have committed to shoulder the expenses on the repatriation of the remains of the Filipino couple who died in Maldives.

In a Facebook post shared by Nikko A. Quiogue , he mentioned that a meeting with DFA Sec. Teddy Locsin and the couple’s next of kin .

” DFA confirms to shoulder the full costs of getting Leomer and Erika back home. We are beyond grateful and happy that Eka and Mer can finally rest having their loved ones around them. Salamat Sec Locsin! ” the post said.

It was also stated that they are closing the fundraising campaign that was previously launched to help the family with the staggering Php 1.2 million cost of bringing home Leomer and Erika’s remains. The donors may retrieve their donation if they opt to.

Erika , 29 and Leomer Lagradilla , 30 were wed last December 18, 2018 in Manila and flew janoary 9 for their honeymoon in tMaldives. The two were guests at a resort in Dhiffushi Island.

The incident was first reported in news site raajje.mv . ”
“They were pronounced dead upon arrival at the Dhiffushi hospital, ” said the report. Reports also said that Leomer drowned first and Erika tried to save him. Rescuers came, but both were already floating and motionless.

According to news , the newly wed tragically died while snorkeling near the island. No further details has been released yet as to what really happened.

Both Erika and Leomer are from Laguna and works as nurses. Erika worked in Singapore , while Leomer at Riyadh. The two were high-school sweethearts and were together for more than ten years.

In an interview, Mhapolle, Leomer’s sister, said that the Japan was the couple’s first country choice for the honeymoon, Unfortunately, Erika’s visa application was denied.

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