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Family holds mass for suspected suicide victim

26 July 2017

By The SUN Staff

Family and friends after the mass at the Consulate.
Family members and friends of a 34-year-old Filipino driver believed to have hung himself gathered for a memorial mass at the Consulate on July 9.

V. Pedroso, 34 years old, was found hanging from the ceiling of his room at his employer’s house on Shouson Hill Road in Deep Water Bay at about 7:42 am on July 3. His brother, who also worked as a driver for the same employer, made the grim discovery.

Pedroso’s body was taken to the Victoria Mortuary in Kennedy Town, where final rites were performed on July 23 just before it is brought back to his hometown of Batad, Iloilo.

He is survived by his wife and two young children.

Police said no suicide note was found. However, Pedroso’s brother reportedly told staff at the Consulate’s assistance to nationals section that the victim had been depressed for some time because of a family problem.

ATN staff said the employer had undertaken to pay for the costs of repatriation, and had also donated money to the victim’s family.

Pedroso had been working for his employer for three years; and his brother, for six. A sister also worked at the same household until she decided to go home the night before the victim was found dead.

Their father had reportedly worked for the same employer for 20 years previously.

The police are still investigating the case.

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