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Pinoy dies in Jeddah, identity eludes consulate
07/27/2007 09:57 AM

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A Filipino national died in a hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia three weeks ago but his body cannot be sent home as Philippine authorities there are still having trouble identifying him, a news site reported Friday.

Online newspaper Arab News said that the Philippine consulate cannot send the body to the man's family as it still cannot establish his identity.Rico Silva of the consulate's Assistance to Nationals Section said the only information the consulate has received so far was that the dead man was named Fernando Bohol.But he said they were still checking with the absentee voter's registration records and with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) in Manila to confirm the information.

Silva said the standard procedure is for Hai Al Jamaea Hospital to transfer the body to the King Fahd Hospital, but the police will not allow that without proper identification.

The Philippine Consulate in Jeddah can be reached at (02) 667-0925 or 660-0348, he said.Dr. Mohammed Rashed, Hai Al Jamaea Hospital director, said the man was unconscious when a Filipino woman brought him to the hospital on July 6.The woman only gave her name as Iluminada. She later disappeared.Rashed said the patient, who was in his 50s, was "medically in very bad shape" when he was brought to the hospital and all efforts to save him were in vain."The cause of his death was cardiopulmonary arrest due to markedly elevated blood pressure and possible brain hemorrhage," said Rashed in a letter to the consulate.He said the patient did not have any identification document. - GMANews.TV

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