A party-list lawmaker on Friday condemned the death of an overseas Filipino worker in Australia as he vowed to help the bereaved relatives seek justice and the truth to the death of their family member.
Jerwin Royupa, 21 years old, left his hometown of Calasiao, Pangasinan to work at a farm in Australia last February. The relatives discovered later on that he was having trouble with his employer who allegedly also took his passport.
The news report said that Royupa was supposed to go back to the Philippines this March, only for his family to be told by the employers that he has died after reportedly jumping off from a moving vehicle.
The migrant worker’s employer informed the family that Royupa died from critical bleeding in the head, chest, and abdomen.
“We send our deepest condolences to the family of Jerwin Royupa and we will work closely with concerned agencies and the government of Australia to personally find out what really happened to Jerwin while he was working there,” ACTS-OFW Party-list Rep. John Bertiz III said.
The ACTS-OFW lawmaker has said that he will get in touch with Jerwin’s relatives in the Philippines to gather more information and provide assistance to his immediate family.