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‘Unhappy’ Filipina falls to death in Yau Ma Tei, police say

31 July 2020

By The SUN

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The building where the Filipina lived with her employers.

A Filipina domestic worker was found dead on Wednesday morning, Jul 29, on a street in Yaumatei after a fatal fall, police have confirmed.

A passerby found the body of the 46-year-old on the pavement below No.3 Nanking St and notified the police at 6:27am, a police spokeswoman told The SUN.

She said the Filipina was unconscious when she was taken by an ambulance to nearby Queen Elizabeth Hospital where she was certified dead.


No suicide note was found and there were no suspicious circumstances, the officer said.

But she added, “So far, the police have gathered that the victim was unhappy about some life matters.”

The victim, H.P., was a native of Aklan province, and had worked for her employer for close to 12 years.  She apparently fell off  the employer's flat in Hong Kiu Mansion at the corner of Nathan Road and Nanking St.

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This was according to her niece who contacted The SUN yesterday, to ask for more information about the case.

The niece confirmed that the victim had been worried about “something” for about two weeks, and had arranged to meet with a cousin who is also working in Hong Kong to discuss the problem.

“Hindi lang po namin alam bakit nauwi sa ganun. Dahil makikipagkita pa po dapat sa Linggo ang tita ko sa pinsan niya diyan sa Hong Kong,” the niece said.
(We don't know why it led to this. My aunt was supposed to meet with her cousin who is there in Hong Kong).
She also said the deceased had complained about her employer allegedly tracking her  on Facebook so she deactivated her account.

One time, she reportedly sent a message to a friend with the word “tabang” (help in the Visayan language). Alarmed, the friend went to the police to report the incident but when the deceased was contacted, she reportedly said “Ok lang ako”, although she sounded troubled.

The niece said it was impossible for her aunt to be unhappy after being in Hong Kong for more than 11 years. In fact, the victim was reportedly planning to go home for good this coming December when she would have completed 12 years working with her employer.

She said her family learned about the incident when a friend called the victim on Wednesday morning and it was a police officer who answered the call. The officer reportedly said the victim was in a hospital, then hung up.

“At around 7am din, tumawag ang tita ko na nasa Cavite sa phone ng tita ko sa Hong Kong. Police ang sumagot. Ang sabi nasa hospital daw po,” the niece added.

“Nalaman lang namin ang tungkol sa pagtalon nung tinawagan namin ang employer ng tita ko sa Hong Kong around 3pm.”

(At around 7am, my aunt who lives in Cavite also called my other aunt (the victim). A police officer answered and said she was in the hospital. We just learned that she apparently jumped when we called my aunt’s employer in Hong Kong around 3pm)

The niece was alarmed about reports that some of people are alleging foul play in the incident, saying their family just wants to know more information about what happened.

She said they had already contacted the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration in Hong Kong, which relayed the same information given by police.

The SUN advised her to coordinate with the assistance to nationals section of the Consulate for repatriation and any other information they want to get from the police.

OWWA's welfare officer Virsie Tamayao confirmed receiving an appeal for assistance from the family of the dead OFW. 

"Upon the request of the family through OWWA home office we have issued a report regarding the death  of (victim). This case was immediately endorsed to ATN as it is being handled by the Yaumatei police station for investigation," said Tamayao.

She said OWWA's usual assistance and intervention will be provided to the victim's family.

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