MANILA - The remains of a Filipina caretaker who died in last week's earthquake in Taiwan arrived in the Philippines on Wednesday.
A commercial plane from China carried the body of Melody Albano Castro, which arrived in Manila at 10:10 a.m. The body was escorted by Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) officials.
Ricky Beltran, representative of MECO chair Angelito Banayo, said the sealed wooden cargo box will remain at the Philippine Airport Ground Services warehouse overnight.
It will be flown to Tuguegarao City in Cagayan province the next morning and from there will be transported to her hometown to her family.
Dr. Gary Song Huann Lin, representative of Taiwan to the Philippines, told ABS-CBN News than an estimated P2 million will be given to the immediate family of the 29-year-old.
The body of Castro was retrieved by the authorities in the rubble of a building in Hualien a day after a magnitude 6.4 quake that rattled Taiwan.
At least 4 more people were killed and at least 145 people went missing after the tremor. All other Filipinos in Taiwan have been accounted for and none were hurt, said the MECO.
--report from Raoul Esperas for ABS-CBN News