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Taguig to give hero’s welcome for Pinoy killed in Slovakia

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A hero’s welcome is being planned in Taguig City as the remains of Henry John Acorda, the Filipino beaten to death in Slovakia last month, arrived in the country Tuesday.

This was revealed by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano who welcomed the remains of Acorda at NAIA together with wife Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano and the victim’s relatives and friends.

“Yun ang aming balita kasi unang-una mahal siya sa community. Pangalawa nabalitaan nung mga taga-Taguig ‘yung heroism na ginawa niya,” Cayetano said of Acorda, who is a resident of Taguig City.

He also shared plans to establish an OFW center in Taguig that will be named after Acorda.

Acorda, a 36-year-old financial analyst, died at a hospital in Bratislava on May 31, days after he was beaten by a Slovakian weightlifter after defending his female companions, one a Filipina, from harassment.

Cayetano said Acorda’s family will be given the full financial assistance by the government.

“Tuloy-tuloy kaming makikipag-usap sa pamilya kung paano pa kami makakatulong,” he said.

“Ang utos ng Pangulong Duterte ay ‘yung maximum na puwedeng maitulong ng lahat ng ahensiya, so nagtutulong-tulong kaming lahat ngayon ng OWWA, ng DOLE at ng DFA para matugunan ‘yung mga pangangailan sa kanyang lamay at libing,” he added.

The wake of Acorda will be held at the Heritage Park in Taguig.