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36-year-old OFW dies in Slovakia after defending 2 women

MANILA, Philippines – A 36-year-old overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Slovakia died in a hospital days after two men beat him up for trying to defend two women they were harassing, said the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

The DFA said Henry John Acorda, an employee of a multinational company, died at the University Hospital Ruźjnov on May 31 due to injuries from the attack in Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, on May 26.

"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," said Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano in a statement Sunday, June 3.

"We give our assurance to Henry’s family that we will do everything to make sure that those responsible for his death are brought to justice," Cayetano added.

The DFA said that "a 28-year-old local man was taken into custody in connection with the incident and has been charged with manslaughter."

The Philippines is "assisting Acorda's mother, brother, and sister who flew to Slovakia to look after him," said the DFA. It is also facilitating the repatriation of Acorda's remains. – Rappler.com

Paterno R. Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II, news editor of Rappler, specializes in covering religion and foreign affairs. He obtained his MA Journalism degree from Ateneo and later finished MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at pat.esmaquel@rappler.com.

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