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Pinay’s body still in China

16 August 2017

Lorain Asuncion
The repatriation of the remains of Lorain Asuncion, a Hong Kong-based domestic helper who fell to her death on July 24 in Shenzhen while joining her employers on a trip to China, remains uncertain more than two weeks after the tragedy.

According to the victim’s sister, Shenzhen police were expected to conduct an autopsy on the remains on Aug 11 or Aug 14.

This was after their parents sent a special power of attorney to the assistance to nationals section of the Philippine Consulate in Guangzhou authorizing it to request an autopsy by the Shenzhen Public Security Bureau.

Asuncion’s employer met with ATN officers of the Consulate, but details of the talks are being kept confidential.

Asuncion’s sister Jenevieve A. Javier, who flew into Hong Kong on July 30 and went to see the victim’s body in Shenzhen the next day, told The SUN that the employer had refused to meet her.

“He does not want to talk to me face to face, saying he was also a victim of the incident and that this is not the right time for us to meet up,” Javier said.

“Ayaw nila talagang makipag-usap, ewan ko kung bakit. Di man lang sila gumawa ng effort para makipag-usap. Kami pa ang nag-i-insist na makipagkita,” she added.

Relatives of Asuncion have been asking for an autopsy to find out the real cause of the OFW’s death.

“We just want to know the truth so that my sister will get justice,” Javier said. She was hoping to accompany her sister’s body home, unaware that the release process in China would take some time. She was due to return home without accomplishing her mission so she could report back to work.

Meanwhile, Labor Attaché Jalilo dela Torre said the Philippine Overseas Labor Office had blacklisted Asuncion’s employers, a move that would prevent them from hiring any domestic worker from the Philippines in future. - VBL

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