Returning Saudi OFW Found Dead, Stabbed Through the Neck

Reandro Molino, an overseas Filipino worker (OFW), was set to come home, but he was found stabbed and dead in his hotel room in Haradh, Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, before he could even see his family.

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Molino’s wife Susan detailed her online discussions with her husband before his death in JP Soriano’s Tuesday “24 Oras” programme.

Saudi OFW Bound to Return Found Dead, Stabbed Through the Neck
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Returning Saudi OFW Found Dead, Stabbed Through the Neck

Susan claimed that after receiving a second dosage of the COVID-19 vaccination in May, Reandro told her he was feeling weak and congested, as if he had the flu, GMA News Online reported.

Reandro got a vaccine right away so he could return to the Philippines and make preparations with his family.

Susan stated her husband informed her “he has a problem” on May 18 in the afternoon but didn’t elaborate.

Susan received a call from Reandro’s boss on the same day, informing her that her husband had been found dead, having been stabbed in the neck.

“He told me that my husband’s body was covered in blood, and he had been stabbed in the neck with a knife. His message saying, ‘Please wait’ had a different tone for me,” a weeping Susan said, in a mix of Filipino and English.

“I was really surprised because he had made plans. Our children will celebrate their birthdays soon,” she added.

Meanwhile, Molino’s sister Melchi Montecarlos speculated that her brother’s killing may have been pre-planned.

Susan expressed this sentiment, noting, “Their initial report left a lot of questions unanswered. That’s something Reandro can’t do to himself.”

Reandro did not have any adversaries at his job, according to his relatives. He was also the finest safety technician at Total Safety, a company situated in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia, despite the pandemic.

Susan then requested President Rodrigo Duterte’s assistance in obtaining justice for her husband’s killing.

“Mr. President, we need your help because it is difficult to reach out to agencies, they are not answering our concerns,” said Susan, in Filipino.

Adnan Alonto, the Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, said an embassy case officer was working with Saudi Arabia authorities and Reandro’s employer to return the victim’s remains to the Philippines.

The embassy stated it is still waiting for the definitive version of the police report to confirm Reandro’s cause of death, according to a statement shared by Soriano on Twitter.

Filipinos in Saudi Arabia were also encouraged to “refrain from speculating and making conclusions” about Reandro’s death while the police investigation was ongoing.

Meanwhile, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) stated it was awaiting the outcome of Saudi authorities’ investigation before arranging for Reandro’s return.

Reandro’s family will get death, livelihood, and scholarship benefits, according to OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac.

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