THE remains of a Filipino who was beaten to death in Slovakia for coming to the rescue of a Filipina and another foreigner who were being harassed arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday.

Henry John Acorda, 36, was aboard a chartered plane courtesy of the Slovakian government, which recognized his "heroism."

The plane landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) shortly after 10 a.m. with Acorda's mother and his two siblings on board.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration head Hans Leo Cacdac, and other officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) were at the airport for the arrival.

Acorda died on May 31 from injuries he sustained a few days after he was beaten up by the suspect identified as Hiraj Hossu, 28, and a weightlifter.

Slovakian Prime Minister Peter Pelligrini vowed justice for Acorda, who worked as a financial analyst. JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA