Michelle Silvertino, 33, was found unconscious on a pedestrian bridge along a large highway in Manila’s capital on June 5.
Silvertino marched south from Quezon City, just north of Manila, southward to Pasay City and reported to CNN Philippines. But this was proved in vain and was trapped on a pedestrian bridge for several days, found here unconscious, and later declared dead in the hospital.
His death sparked rage in the Philippines, and the hashtag #JusticeforMichelleSilvertino trends on Twitter. People in the country joined the social media campaign, which criticized the call for justice and the government for not doing enough to help stranded workers like Silvertino.
The situation of Silvertino is shared by many Filipino workers who are trapped during the crash because they could not go home due to restrictions.
“We are like beggars here. All we want is to go home to our family,” a passenger told the news agency.
However, the increase from Silvertino’s death reached the presidential palace, and on Thursday the government announced it would help trapped workers in the country return home.
“Nobody wanted it to happen, but now we’re going to take steps to make sure things happen to Michelle. We have a new policy to help everyone stranded at airports and bus terminals,” said Roque.
The statement also says that stranded workers will undergo rapid tests for Covid-19 before transportation is found.