OFW kin eyes foul play in suicide tale


How can somebody cut her wrist, stab herself several times and jump out from fifth floor of the building before dying?

Those were stated in the report made by the Dubai police on the death of Filipino household service worker Alona Bagayan—an account that has raised fears of foul play from the victim’s family, Rep. Walden Bello of Akbayan partylist, Partido ng Manggagawa and Center for Migrant Advocacy.

In a press conference on Wednesday, the victim’s sister Maricel went to Congress to seek justice and accused the Dubai police of hastily concluding that the 31-year-old Alona committed suicide on February 5.

Maricel cited that the Dubai report was spotty compared with the National Bureau of Investigation autopsy report showing that the causes of death are traumatic head injury and an incised wound from the right forearm. Moreover, her sister suffered four stab wounds in scalp, face, right forearm and neck.

“We seek justice for my sister. How can that be a suicide? If that is what really happened, that she cut her wrist and stabbed herself, how can she jump off the building in that state? How can she kill herself repeatedly?” Maricel pointed out.

Wilson Fortaleza of Partido ng Manggagawa also found the Dubai police report ridiculous, citing that the victim’s body was so damaged she could not have mounted enough strength to jump off the building.


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