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UPDATED: Employer arrested as Filipina DH rescued from alleged assault

07 November 2019

Jaspe pointing to her bruised forehead in a photo she sent to her sister

By Vir B. Lumicao

A 31-year-old Filipina domestic worker who was allegedly maltreated and assaulted by her employer in Kowloon has been rescued by police following her sister’s appeal for help to the Filipino community.

A police spokesman said tonight, Nov. 7, that the maids’s 40-year-old female employer was arrested for common assault and was still being investigated at the Yaumatei Police Station.

This was the same information relayed earlier by welfare officer Virsie Tamayao who was monitoring the case.

The helper, Anna Marie V. Jaspe, was fetched by police who responded to a call at about 11am on Nov 6 at the employer’s flat at 1 Austin Road West in Yaumatei.

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The alleged assault happened at this luxury residential estate in Yaumatei

The officers reportedly found the victim with an injury on her forehead, and took her to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment.

The spokesman said the employer and the victim had a dispute over working problems and in the midst of the row, the employer hit Jaspe with an iron frame on the forehead.

On Thursday morning, Jaspe was also still at Yaumatei police giving a statement about the incident with the help of a Filipino interpreter, said a Filcom leader who visited her.

Jaspe’s elder sister, Theresa Anne Villamen, said the maid had been working for her employer for just three months. It was her second job in Hong Kong.

Villamen said Jaspe was serving a couple and their three children as well as a pet dog in the employer’s house at The Harbourside, a luxury residential address.

Villamen said that just two days before the incident, the female employer who mostly stays at home, scolded Jaspe and punished her by letting her stand outside the gate of the flat over an alleged mischief by one of her wards.

“Pag may kasalanan ang alaga niya, pati siya damay, pinapatayo din siya,” claimed Villame. “Meron isang beses na pinatayo siya sa labas ng bahay nila, di siya pinapasok. At ito yung nangyari ngayon, binato siya sa noo ng amo niyang babae.”

At 10:32am on Nov 6, Jaspe sent a message to Villamen on Facebook Messenger telling her that the female employer had assaulted her.

“Ate, sinaktan ako ng amo babaye,” said Jaspe, who’s a native of Cadiz City in Negros Occidental. “Hinagisan niya ako...bumokol...sumama pakiramdam ko.”

She did not say what object the employer had thrown at her, but a selfie photo she sent showed a slightly bluish bump on her forehead.

Jaspe said the assault happened only moments before she complained to Villamen.

The elder sister then contacted a group chat of Filcom leaders on FB messenger for help.

Tamayao said the Consulate’s assistance to nationals section is coordinating with the police on Jaspe’s case.
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