The remains of Jastine Valdez, the 24-year-old Filipina student who was abducted and murdered in Ireland nine days ago, arrived in the Philippines Wednesday night via the Clark International Airport.
According to Alexander Cauguiran, Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) president and chief executive officer, Valdez’s remains were accompanied by her parents and Philippine Honorary Consul in Dublin Mark Christopher Congdon, along with Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Acting Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato.
Cauguiran said he and other CIAC officials met the victim’s parents Teresita and Danilo and representatives from the DFA Office of Migrant Workers Affairs upon arrival at the Clark airport at around 6:40 in the evening.
Uniformed CIAC aviation security officers lifted the victim’s sealed casket and placed it in a private van bound for Aritao town in Nueva Vizcaya where she will be laid to rest.
Valdez was abducted near Dublin while walking home on May 19 by a local man who was shot dead by police the following day. Valdez’s body was found on May 21.
Speaking on behalf of the Valdez family, Consul Congdon expressed their gratitude to the Philippine Government for their assistance in repatriating the remains of their only daughter home.