By Roy Mabasa
The Philippine government will provide the necessary help in seeking justice for a Filipino overseas worker (OFW) in Slovakia who died a few days after he was badly beaten up in the capital city of Bratislava.
OFW Henry John Acorda, 36, was attacked and beaten up in a street in Slovakia by two local men in the early hours of May 26 while trying to protect his female friends from being harassed by the suspects.
Reports said Acorda, who worked at an IT company in Bratislava, suffered a serious head injury during the attack.
In a report, the Philippine Embassy in Vienna said Acorda succumbed on Thursday at the University Hospital Ruźjnov to injuries he sustained in the incident.
“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,” the Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
A news dispatch from Slovakia said Acorda’s employer contacted his family and reportedly paid for their tickets to enable them to fly to Bratislava.
At the same time, Acorda’s friends opened a donation site at the gofundme.com to provide financial assistance to the victim’s family.
The embassy said its Assistance to Nationals Section and the Philippine Consulate in Bratislava are assisting Acorda’s mother, brother and sister who flew to Slovakia to look after him.
The Embassy said the Consulate has already discussed Acorda’s case with local lawyers. The Embassy will also be assisting the family in preparing for the repatriation of Acorda’s remains.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of our kababayan Henry John Acorda,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Cayetano said in a statement.