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DH to be tried for allegedly tying to steal employer’s hotel shampoo

29 January 2019

Eastern Magistrate Peter Law granted bail to the Filipina helper

By Vir B. Lumicao

A Filipina domestic worker has denied a charge of attempted theft filed against her by police for allegedly trying to steal three bottles of hotel toiletries from her female employer.

The defendant, Thelma Damiago, pleaded not guilty to the charge when she appeared before Eastern Magistrate Peter Law on Jan 22.

As a result, she will have to stand trial on Jan 31 during which the prosecution will call the employer, and her other Filipino maid to the witness stand.  

Damiago was released on bail pending the trial.

She was arrested by police in October last year, after her employer complained that she had stolen a set of hotel shampoo, conditioner and lotion. 

Damiago said she had given a month's notice of termination only two weeks earlier, citing as reason the alleged verbal abuse by her employer. She had been working for the employer for just two months then.

The maid had earlier complained to the Philippine Overseas Labor Office, alleging her employer had verbally abused her since her first day of work.


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