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5 Pinoys succumb to illness in January

21 January 2017

By Vir B. Lumicao
Friends view the remains of Marilyn
Librado before they were sent home
Five Filipinos died in Hong Kong in the first three weeks of January, including an octogenarian who succumbed to heart disease in hospital while serving a prison sentence for theft, and a 60-year-old cancer victim who had overstayed her visa for several years.
The rest were all OFWs, the Consulate’s assistance to nationals section told The SUN in an interview.
Two of the dead have been flown home while a third one is set for cremation on Jan 22, said ATN officer Hermogenes Cayabyab Jr., who had been in touch with the authorities and the deceased’s families.
Lucine Dotdot and Marilyn Librado, whose ages were not available, both died of aneurysm, said ATN officer Hermogenes Cayabyab Jr., who handled the cases of the two domestic workers.
Cayabyab said Dotdot died on Jan 2, but could not tell the date of Librado’s demise because her records were still with the authorities.
“Their remains were shipped home on Jan 13 via Philippine Airlines,” Cayabyab said.
Mila Ergina, a 50-year-old domestic worker, passed away on Jan 12 in Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kowloon after being confined there for some time, Cayabyab said. The deceased left her family in Pangasinan in 1995 to work in Hong Kong.
The overstayed Filipina, Carmelita Dogello, 60, died on Jan 12 in Prince of Wales Hospital after a prolonged battle against cancer. She came to Hong Kong in 1981 but overstayed her visa in 2006, Cayabyab said.
Dogello, who had many friends in the community, collapsed in her employer’s home in November last year and was diagnosed to be terminally ill of cancer, a member of her church said.
A son of Dogello came to Hong Kong in December to attend to his mother in hospital but went home shortly after the woman died, Cayabyab said. He added that the deceased would be cremated on Jan 22.
Edwina Antonio of the Bethune House Migrant Women’s Refuge said it was Dogello’s wish to be cremated.
The eldest of the deceased, 81-year-old Stanley Prison inmate Ricardo de Jesus, succumbed to heart disease in Queen Mary Hospital on Jan 3, Cayabyab said.

De Jesus was serving a total of 47 months in jail after his conviction for theft and breach of deportation orders on Feb 10 last year.
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