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Mystery surrounds death of Filipina, 2 weeks after starting work in HK

04 February 2023

By Daisy CL Mandap


Glyza was two months shy of turning 29 when she passed on

Just five days after moving in with her employer on Jan. 18, 28-year-old Glyza Marie Singco started shouting in her sleep. Her employer, Mrs Tong, tried to wake her up but Glyza failed to respond so they called an ambulance.

On the way to Princess Margaret Hospital she started to twitch, still unconscious. She passed away 11 days later, never regaining consciousness, and her doctors baffled as to the cause.


According to her employer, the Covid test done on her yielded a  negative result but an X-ray of her lungs was “not clear and (was) all white in color.”

Glyza arrived in Hong Kong on Jan 15 but spent the first three days with her agency. She moved into her employer’s house in Kwai Chung three days later.

On Jan 20 she told her relatives her young ward had tested positive for Covid after they went together to the child’s tutorial school.

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They now wonder whether she had unknowingly caught the virus at the same time or afterwards, but did not immediately show symptoms.

Glyza enjoying her first-and last-holiday, one day before being rushed to hospital 

On Jan. 22, a Sunday and the eve of the Lunar New Year, her kindly employer allowed her to take the day off. Glyza happily went to visit several places with a friend, and posted several pictures of them on Facebook, obviously enjoying the cold weather outdoors.

Her family and friends were thus shocked to hear of her falling so seriously ill the very next day.

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Glyza, who is single and has a degree in education, was said to have been in good health when she left her hometown in Cotabato in the southern Philippines  

A cousin, Melissa, said the deceased did not have any significant medical condition, and did not definitely have epilepsy, which could have explained her twitching.

But when their family was contacted via a video call at the hospital, Melissa said the doctors told them Glyza’s body could no longer handle the spasms that had been wracking her body. They were shown a photo of her attached to various monitors in her hospital bed, no longer responsive.


Melissa said all that their family wants now is to get the result of the autopsy on Glyza’s remains as soon as possible, so that they will know what had caused her to pass on at such a young age, and with no known ailment.

Informed of this request, Consul Paul Saret of the assistance to nationals section of the Consulate said he’d look into Glyza’s records tomorrow, and contact her next of kin as to what could be done to ease their concerns.  


According to health protocols in Hong Kong, the result of an autopsy could take time, even long after the remains of a deceased had been repatriated. But a medical certificate that could indicate the initial findings as to the cause of death could help allay the bereaved family's apprehensions.

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration has already been informed about the death, and has informed Glyza’s relatives that they can follow up the benefits due to her mother as her next-of-kin.


Under Hong Kong laws, the employer, through her insurer, is obliged to pay for repatriating Glyza’s remains. Her mother stands to receive the Php100,000 death benefit and Php20,000 burial benefit from OWWA.

On top of this, she should get the US$10,000 payout from the mandatory insurance that Glyza had to take before leaving the Philippines for her first deployment as an overseas Filipino worker.

But for now, all that the grieving family could do is wait for Glyza's final journey home while they wonder what could have caused her to pass on, just as she was starting a new chapter in her life.

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