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HK police say nothing suspicious in Nebreja’s death

27 April 2020

By The SUN

Gretchen Nebreja (from her Facebook account)

The police in Hong Kong say their initial investigation showed “no suspicious circumstances” surrounding the death of Filipina domestic worker Gretchen Nebreja.

But a post-mortem on her body will be conducted.

Consul General Raly Tejada says he has asked the police to investigate the case, amid allegation of foul play. But he was told the result of the post-mortem won’t be known for three weeks.

A Facebook post made in the Philippine claiming to have been made on behalf of Nebreja’s family, alleged that Nebreja, who died in Tuen Mun hospital on Apr 24, was beaten up by her employer.
But a close friend of Nebreja in Hong Kong said doctors at the hospital had listed down the cause of death as heart attack.

In a statement issued to The SUN, a police spokesman said: “About 5.51pm on April 21, Police received a report from a 39-year-old woman that her 34-year-old domestic helper collapsed in a unit on 28 Tsing Fat Street, Castle Peak.

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Police officers rushed to the scene and found the domestic helper collapsed inside the bathroom. The unconscious domestic helper was then sent to Tuen Mun Hospital where she was admitted in ICU and certified dead in the morning on April 25.

The case was classified as “person collapsed”. Initial investigation revealed no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death. Post-mortem examination will be conducted on the deceased.


Nebreja, who hailed from Bgy. Beberon, San Fernando, Camarines Sur, had been in Hong Kong for only five months. Her Facebook account shows she was single, and had worked previously in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

ConGen Tejada has told The SUN that the Consulate has been talking to Nebreja’s family and the agencies that placed her in Hong Kong, both here and in Manila in a bid to dig deeper into her case.

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