The death of a Filipino on a suspected heatstroke case inside the Philippine labour office within the consulate premises sparked criticisms on the mission’s alleged “lack of proper facilities” to serve its constituents. The victim, identified as Alex Lapore, 37, died after collapsing and falling face down on the pavement near the entrance of the labour office next to the consulate in Al Ghusais. Consul officials said the presumed cause of death was heatstroke but they said they are awaiting the official medical report from UAE authorities to ascertain the real reason behind Lapore’s demise. Migrante International-UAE, a migrant rights group where Lapore is an active member, criticised the consulate for its “lack of proper facilities”. Summer temperatures in Dubai could hover in the high 40s. The average maximum temperatures on Tuesday were around 45 degrees Celsius. Consul-General Raymound Cortes said the accusations are baseless.
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