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In Remembrance To The 13 Filipinas Who Died in Erbil

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Can you? Then Charge DÁffaires Elmer Cato of the Philippine Embassy in Baghdad asked me. Ha? I replied. A myriad of emotions swept through me. I couldn't process it at first. Can you help in identifying their bodies? He explained to me that he wanted to have someone he trusts to be present during the forensic identification. I fell silent. I still didn't commit. Send-off ceremony A few minutes later, I made a decision. I have to do this.  I should brush off my fear and inhibitions. Right at that moment, I knew their families needed me. I deduced that If it was me who died, my family would want me back as soon as possible. In the case of these 13 women, in a brown wooden casket. Today is their third year death anniversary. These women, bless their souls…... was a mother…..a sister….a wife …..a daughter ....to someone… I never knew how strong I was until being strong was the only choice I had, an adage that resonated in my heart during that ominous