The Department of Foreign Affairs affirms to shoulder all the expenses to bring the remain of the Filipino newlywed couple, according to friends.
Lagradilla’s honeymoon resulted into a tragedy as the couple reportedly drowned while snorkeling in Dhiffushi Island.
According to Mhapolle Lagradilla, Leomar’s sister the details of the incident are not yet clear.
“They cannot give the full details why my brother and sister-in-law drowned. As of now, nobody from the hotel has messaged us what really happened,” Mhapolle told radio dzMM on Monday.
Mr. Nikko A. Quiogue, the couple’s close friend, said that the meeting of Leomer and Erika’s family with the DFA were positive.
Family and friends of the couple were raising funds online as bringing their remains back to the Philippines would cost about P1.2 million, prior to the meeting with the DFA.
The newlywed couple who were both from Laguna, were high school sweethearts, have been in a long relationship for 11-years before deciding to get married, Mhapolle said.
Both were breadwinners of their families and nurses by profession but their work brought them separately as Leomer employed in Singapore while Erika was in Saudi Arabia.
The two got married on Dec. 18, 2018 and flew to their wedding dream destination on January 9.
Immediate family and friends of the couple extended their appreciation to those who have contributed for the fundraising campaign and are willing to return the donation as the Philippine government is set to shoulder the expenses.