DFA: Filipina still missing after London fire


The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs  (DFA) confirmed on Friday, June 16, that a Filipina is still missing in the wake of a massive fire that burned down a high-rise residential building in London earlier this week.

Philippine Senator Joel Villanueva identified her as Ligaya Moore, who was in her 60s and a member of the Jesus is Lord (JIL) Church in London. The senator’s father, Eddie, is the head of JIL.

Villanueva said members of the church informed him that Moore had been living alone at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, and regularly attends the JIL Church adjacent to the building. He said Moore’s family is residing in the Philippines.

But three days after the tragedy occurred, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said Moore has yet to be found.

“We still have a person missing, and so far efforts of the embassy to locate her has not been successful,” Cayetano told reporters.

On its Facebook page, the Philippine Embassy in the United Kingdom posted a photo of Moore and appealed to the public for any information on her whereabouts and condition.

As of Friday, authorities confirmed 30 casualties in the inferno that broke out past midnight on June 14 but figures are feared to still rise.

The Philippine Embassy in London, meanwhile, said that it has yet to determine the accurate number of Filipinos affected by the tragedy.

It then called on Filipinos affected by the fire “to make themselves known” so that it could channel the efforts of both the embassy and the Filipino communities in the United Kingdom toward delivering the assistance needed.

The embassy said Filipinos can ask the Casualty Bureau for assistance or information about their relatives by calling ‎(0800) 0961 233 or (0020) 7158 0197.

Filipinos may also contact the embassy’s emergency number +44 7802 790695 and e-mail address embassy@philemb.co.uk.

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