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Filipino hostages freed – Two OFWs now safe in Israel 

Filipino caregiver Jimmy Pacheco, 33, was released by Hamas militants on November 24. L-r: Migrant Workers Office Tel Aviv Labor Attaché Rodolfo Gabasan, Pacheco, and Philippine Ambassador to Israel Pedro Laylo Jr. at Shamir Medical Center in Tel Aviv. Photo from Philippine Embassy in Israel
Filipino caregiver Noralin Babadilla, 60, was released by Hamas militants on November 28. Photo from  Israel Embassy in Manila

The Israeli and Philippine governments have welcomed the release of Noralin Babadilla, the last Filipino left unaccounted for following the October 7 assault on Israel. She was among those kidnapped by Hamas in Gaza.

“The Israeli Embassy in Manila expresses great relief upon the release of Noralin ‘Nataly’ Babadilla from captivity by Hamas after 53 days,” the Israel Embassy in Manila said on Wednesday, November 29.