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Fidel Rodriguez Jr. with his daughter, Alexandra.

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Family of Filipino chef who died in UAE gets Dh6,000 aid

 

DUBAI – The family of a Filipino chef who died of kidney cancer in Abu Dhabi has received Dh6,000 in aid from his employer, a family member told Expatmedia.net.

Fidel Rodriguez Jr.’s daughter, Alexandra, told Expatmedia.net that her father’s employer gave the money on November 5 to help pay for the repatriation costs.

Alexandra said that the cash assistance would somehow ease some of the burden of the Dh18,000 total cost to repatriate his father’s remains, but that they are still struggling to raise funds.

As Expatmedia.net first reported on November 4, the Rodriguez family had appealed for help after they said that their repeated calls to his employer were ignored.

Following the Expatmedia.net report, a representative of the employer called the family to offer Dh6,000 cash assistance for his repatriation. The money was handed over by the management at 8pm on November 5, Alexandra told Expatmedia.net.

Rodriguez, a 49-year-old executive chef of a Filipino grilled chicken restaurant chain, died on November 1 after spending 40 days at NMC Hospital in Abu Dhabi where he was treated for stage 4 kidney cancer.

His body remained in the morgue while his family scrambled to find funds and complete formalities to repatriate his remains.

Filipino “Oki-doki”

Rodriguez had worked as executive chef for the same restaurant chain since 2017. He is survived by his wife, Miriam, 46, and his three daughters, the youngest of which is 7 years old.

“He was well loved by everyone, including his friends and workmates, because of his happy disposition. Ika nga walang masamang tinapay (As they say, no bad blood),” Alexandra told Expatmedia.net, describing her father.

Rodriguez was fondly called “Oki-doki” by friends and colleagues and was described as a happy person who loved to dance as much as he loved cooking.

“His cancer diagnosis came as a shock to everyone,” Alexandra said, adding that Rodriguez was confined in the hospital from September 23 until November 1. “He spent so much time there that the hospital staff already knew him,” she said.

Alexandra said her father was diagnosed with metastatic, stage 4 kidney cancer, which meant that the cancer had already spread in his body. He died in the ICU of the hospital.

Before his death, Alexandra and family members were able to arrange a small post-birthday celebration in his hospital room on October 26. Rodriguez celebrated his last birthday on October 11. ICA/Expat Media

 


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