Bodies of 2 Filipinas missing in Cyprus found

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), through the Philippine Embassy in Athens, is monitoring developments in the investigations involving the murders of three Filipinas in Cyprus.

The DFA also extended its condolences to the families of the victims, whose identities were withheld at the request of their next of kin.

Embassy Charge d’ Affaires (CDA) Judy Barbara Robianes said the Embassy has reported the cases of the missing Filipinas to Cypriot authorities and have continuously followed up with them on those cases.

It is also providing updates on the case to the families.

Embassy representatives are now in Cyprus to meet with authorities on the case and provide assistance to the investigation, including the provision of DNA samples to help in identifying the victims.

It also stands ready to provide assistance to the victim’s families.

The three Filipinas -- one of whom was with her six-year-old daughter -- were reported missing between 2017 and 2018, and authorities have initially thought that they disappeared for  reasons other than a violent crime.

The DFA welcomed the break in the recent investigation with the discovery of bodies on the abandoned mine shaft in Mitsero, Cyprus earlier this month.

It was found out that the self-confessed suspect is a 35-year-old Greek Cypriot and member of the National Guard, and that he met the Filipinas through a dating website.

The child’s remains have not yet been found.  It is hoped that the investigation will give justice to the victims.