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Filipina in Fortress MTR incident taken to hospital

03 May 2018

By The SUN 
(first posted: May 3, 2019)

A Filipina domestic worker is now under observation at the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital after she was found acting strangely at Fortress Hill MTR Station on May 1.

Footages of the worker who appeared to be deep in prayer while reportedly chanting, “Ako ang tagapagligtas ninyong lahat  went viral on Facebook after they were posted by fellow Filipinas who were at the MTR station at the time.

At one point, the OFW prostrated herself on the floor beside the station’s turnstiles, while security officers and other people watched. A Filipina in one of the videos could be heard telling the people around her that “she is Filipina.”

'Ako ang tagapagligtas ninyong lahat',
she reportedly chanted
The worker falls flat on the floor

A netizen later posted in one of the Facebook chats that the woman was her townmate in Southern Leyte. She said she had informed the OFW’s relatives of what happened, but assured them that she was already in the hospital.

Lorna Obedoza from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration office in Hong Kong confirmed to The SUN that the woman is a domestic helper working in North Point. Her employers had reportedly been told about the incident, and had visited her in the hospital.

Obedoza also confirmed that the worker's relatives in Southern Leyte had been informed.

The worker is said to be single, and has been working for the same employer for the past seven years. It is unclear what had caused her apparent breakdown.

The Police Public Relations Branch said in an emailed statement that the police received a report at about 9:15 am on May 1 about a “44-year-old foreign woman” causing obstruction to other users inside Fortress Hill Station.

“Upon police arrival, the woman was brought to Ruttonjee Hospital for medical treatment. The case was classified as ‘suspected mentally disordered person found’,” the police said. 

The helper was apparently moved afterwards to Eastern Hospital which has a psychiatric ward. 

Obedoza said OWWA was informed by friends of the worker about her situation on May 2. The welfare officer said her staff would visit her in hospital tomorrow afternoon.

Soon after the videos of the helper were posted, a clamor went up for the footages to be deleted, but some are still online, and continue to be shared. All Rights Reserved

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