DFA extends help to newly-weds

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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday vowed to shoulder the expenses needed to repatriate the remains of the newly-wed Filipino couple who died in a tragic accident during their honeymoon in Maldives.

The DFA, in a meeting with the family of victims Erika and Leomer Lagradilla, expressed their willingness to help repatriate the ill-fated newly-weds.

The father of the victims, Leo Lagradilla, on the other hand, expressed his gratefulness to the DFA for its prompt action and support.

“In behalf of the family, we thank the Foreign Affairs for their swift action to help us bring back the remains of our loved one,” said the elder Lagradilla in a statement after their meeting with DFA officials.

Meantime, Facebook user Nikko A. Quiogue, a friend of the couple, said the family of Leomer and Erika had a positive meeting with the DFA.

“Accordingly, DFA will shoulder the expenses in sending Eka and Leomer’s remains back home. Hopefully, this good news will be confirmed tomorrow by Leomer’s father after his meeting with DFA Usec,” Quiogue said in a Facebook post.

Prior to the meeting with the DFA, the family and friends of the couple were raising funds online as bringing their remains back to the Philippines would cost about P1.2 million.

“In connection to this, we would like to let you know that we have decided to stop accepting donations as we believe that due to the mentioned optimistic progress of this case, we no longer serve the purpose of creating a fundraising campaign anymore,” Quiogue said.

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