Michelle Silvertino, 33, was discovered unconscious on a footbridge alongside a serious freeway within the capital Manila on June 5.
Silvertino walked from Quezon Metropolis, simply north of Manila, to Pasay Metropolis to the south, with hopes of catching a journey from there, CNN Philippines reported. However that proved to be futile and he or she grew to become stranded on a footbridge for a number of days, the place she was discovered unconscious and later declared lifeless on the hospital.
Her demise sparked outrage within the Philippines and the hashtag #JusticeforMichelleSilvertino trended on Twitter. Individuals throughout the nation have joined the social media marketing campaign calling for justice and criticizing the federal government for not doing sufficient to assist stranded staff like Silvertino.
Silvertino’s plight is shared by many Filipino staff who grew to become stranded through the lockdown as they had been unable to journey house because of the restrictions.
“We’re like beggars right here. All we wish is to go house to our households,” one passenger instructed the information company.
The outcry over Silvertino’s demise, nonetheless, reached the presidential palace and on Thursday the federal government introduced it might assist stranded staff within the nation return house.
“Nobody needed this to occur, however we are going to now take steps to ensure what occurred to Michelle will not occur once more. Now we have a brand new coverage to assist all these stranded in airports and bus terminals,” Roque mentioned.
The assertion added that stranded staff will bear fast testing for Covid-19 earlier than being discovered transportation.