Justice sought for OFW killed in Oman

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    LUPAO, Nueva Ecija – On a small rectangular table which serves as a stand for a plastic Christmas tree, the family of overseas Filipino worker Pinky Pamittan in Barangay Parista here keep on lighting candles for “the peace of her soul” and “justice” for her death.

    Pamittan, 32, who finished hotel and restaurant management degree through the help of an aunt in the Science City of Munoz, was killed while working as a waitress-supervisor in a hotel in Oman recently.

    “Araw araw kaming nagtutulos ng kandila para maging mapayapa ang kanyang kaluluwa,” said Rebecca Bautista, 62, Pamittan’s aunt. She also sought speedy delivery of justice for her niece.

    Pamittan’s mother, Alicia, was in Jordan also as an OFW while her lone sibling, Precy, was in Manila coordinating with the Department of Foreign Aff airs (DFA) for legal processes.

    Thus, back home other relatives, including Bautista and the victim’s 86-year-old grandmother, Candida Bautista, could not help but devote their time to praying. Upon learning her fate on Saturday, they offered a Mass in their parish for her soul, Bautista said.

    Pamittan’s body was found dumped behind the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque on Oct. 28, a Friday, after hotel staff reported to the police that she failed to report to work on Thursday. Reports said Pamittan bore signs of having been raped.

    Authorities in Oman said she took a day off Wednesday with a co-worker.

    The Times of Oman, reported that the Royal Oman Police has now in custody an Asian national and Pamittan’s colleague who supposedly confessed of murdering her over money issues.

    Pamittan went to Oman sometime in February 2016 and was employed in the restaurant where she was soon promoted to supervisor. But working overseas was not that quick for Pamittan, a single mother to a four-year-old son.

    Bautista said Oman was Pamittan’s last overseas try after two unsuccessful attempts, first in Abu Dhabi and then in Singapore.

    “Parehong hindi naging maganda dun kaya umuwi na lang siya at pangatlo nga sa Oman,” she said.

    The grandmother said she could not even eat and sleep after the news broke.

    “Sana tulungan kami ng gobyerno na maparusahan ang may gawa”, Bautista said.

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