Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Probe on reported death of Pinoy in Lebanon sought

By Dennis Carcamo (philstar.com) April 25, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – A migrant workers' rights group has called on the Philippine government to investigate the reported death of a Filipino domestic helper in Lebanon.

Migrante-Middle East said local news in Lebanon reported that a certain Marites Penno was found dead on the balcony of her employer’s house in Hasbaya, South of Lebanon. [http://ethiopiansuicides.blogspot.com/2011/04/filipino-suicide-by-hanging-in-hasbaya.html]

She reportedly committed suicide by hanging, the group claimed.

According to the report, Lebanese authorities and a doctor have already conducted an investigation and examination of her remains and at the house
of her employer.

The group's regional coordinator, John Monterona, however, doubted the domestic helper had committed suicide as pervasive reports showed that some Lebanese employers have been abusing their house helpers.

“This prompted the PH government to impose a ban on deploying OFW-domestic workers in Lebanon,” he said.

Last April 20, Monterona had emailed Ambassador Gilbert Asuque of the Philippine Embassy in Beirut, requesting to investigate the incident.

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