The repatriated remains of Mary Anne Daynolo will undergo a DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) test, Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III said in a virtual news forum Monday afternoon.
Bello said this was the request of the family of the overseas Filipino worker (OFW), who grabbed headlines last year after she went missing in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Daynolo, 30, worked as a receptionist at a “very reputable hotel” there, the Labor chief said.
“Kailangang i-DNA natin para matiyak na siya (We need to perform a DNA test on the body to make that it’s her),” Bello said.
The Manila Bulletin earlier reported that the OFW’s body was only discovered last month, after first being reported missing in March 2020 or right around the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bello said the body was found “in a very advanced stage of decomposition,” thus the need to ensure her identity.
“Yung bungo hindi na kumpleto at nawawala na mga ngipin (Her skull and teeth were incomplete),” he noted.
The former Justice secretary said that the suspect linked to the death of Daynolo admitted to UAE authorities that he stabbed her in the neck.
“Mayroong din possible na yung kababayan natin ay naging biktima ng sexual assault (There is also a possibility that our countryman was a victim of sexual assault),” Bello added.
(Dapat lang mabigyan ng katarungan (It’s only fitting that she be given justice),” he further said.