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Another Filipina DH hangs self over personal problems

03 October 2021

By Daisy CL Mandap 

The victim hanged herself in the bathroom of one of the flat in this housing block

A longtime Filipina domestic helper has reportedly hanged herself in her employer’s flat at no 3, Tai Wing Avenue, Tai Koo Shing yesterday afternoon.

It was the second suicide by hanging of a Filipina helper in five days, and the third in less than two months.

A spokesman for the Hong Kong Police said today, Oct. 3, that the helper, who was 47 years old, was found by her employer hanged with a rope inside their bathroom. The employer reportedly tried to bring her down but failed to do so.


The police who were called took her down, and when they found her still breathing, rushed her to Pamela Youde Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan, where she was declared dead.

The police spokesman said the helper had some personal problems. It appeared she had an ongoing police case and also had a medical condition, which both triggered her depression.

She was reportedly due to report back to the police for a follow-up investigation when she passed out and was taken to hospital. She was due to have an MRI screening yesterday when she was found dead.


According to Welfare Attache Virsie Tamayao, the deceased had been working with her employer for the past 16 years.

The employer, who reported the death to the Philippine Overseas Labor Office this morning,  was described as “very supportive” of the victim.

The deceased helper was from San Vicente, Iloilo, and was married with a 24-year-old daughter.


Tamayao said the victim was “in a good relationship” with her husband.

A sister-in-law who also works as a domestic helper in Hong Kong, is working on the repatriation of the victim’s remains.

On Sept 27, a 37-year-old Filipina DH also hanged herself in her employer’s flat in Tseung Kwan O after reportedly being left to pay for a loan which a close friend had taken out.

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On Aug. 19, a 41-year-old Filipina was also found hanging in her employer’s flat on Stubb’s Road in Wanchai after reportedly being victimized in an ATM scam.

The string of suicides has prompted the Consulate to issue an advisory for workers to go to them for any problems that they need help with, both as regards their work or personal problems.

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People who are depressed can also seek assistance from the Samaritans, which provides multi-lingual counseling through its 24-hour hotline, 2896-0000.

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