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Filipino DH charged with wounding after punch left his girlfriend comatose

29 December 2021

By Daisy CL Mandap 

The Filipina remains in coma at Eastern Hospital a week after the alleged assault

A Filipina domestic helper has been fighting for her life in hospital for the past week, after she was allegedly punched by her boyfriend who is also a Filipino, at a boarding house on Stone Nullah Lane in Wanchai on Dec 22.

According to the police, the 37-year-old Filipina was taken to Ruttonjee Hospital in Wanchai in the evening of Dec 23, nearly 24 hours after she was assaulted by her 42-year-old Filipino boyfriend who is also a domestic helper.

Police said the alleged assailant, identified by the couple’s mutual friends as “Bernie”, was arrested at 9:16pm of Dec 23 after he took his unconscious girlfriend to hospital.


He was reportedly detained before being taken to Eastern Magistracy on Dec 25 where he was charged with wounding. He is scheduled to appear in court again on Feb 7.

The alleged victim, meanwhile, was transferred to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital after she was diagnosed with brain hemorrhage, and was operated on. But she has yet to regain consciousness.

Friends and family members are seeking justice for the Filipina, said to hail from Isabela, who they said was at the boarding house while waiting for her new employment visa to be released.


They also want to get more information about the incident, especially as to the reason why it took the boyfriend a full day after the assault (which he has reportedly confessed to) before deciding to take the woman to the hospital.

They initially contacted their provincemate, Marites Palma of Social Justice for Migrant Workers, to seek help in relaying their concern to the Consulate.

According to a Filipina domestic worker who introduced herself to The SUN as the victim’s best friend, Bernie had called her up on Wednesday night to say sorry as he had hurt her friend.

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The informant also shared a photo showing the victim with a bruised face as she lay motionless on a bed in the boarding house. She recalled being told that her friend had lost consciousness after the alleged assault.

Victim's friend shared this photo showing the victim with a bruised face 

Sa pagkakaalam ko po pangatlong beses na away nila yan, pero yan ang pinaka grabe. Yung boardmates pa ang nagsabi sa lalaki na itakbo na sa hospital ang kaibigan ko kasi nga hindi na nagigising at nakaihi na sa higaan,” she said.

(As far as I know that was the third time the couple had quarreled, but that was the worst incident. The boardmates had to tell the man to rush my friend to hospital as she remained unconscious even after peeing on the bed).

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She is asking for help to make sure the police get to hear the full story of what had happened, and for the authorities to give her friend justice.

Meanwhile, a sister of the victim who is in the Philippines, is asking if it’s possible for someone in her family to come to Hong Kong and check on the condition of the victim. 

She is also asking for help in retrieving her sister’s belongings from the boarding house, particularly her HKID, as the hospital reportedly wants to verify her personal details.

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The Consulate, through the assistance to nationals section, has promised to extend help.


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