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Pinoys edgy over ‘gruesome’, ‘terrifying’ murder

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Sep. 29, 16 | 2:52 pm

DUBAI: The Filipino community appears edgy over the gruesome murder of a Filipina house help allegedly by her nephew, who cut her head and hands off to keep her remains from being identified, apparently over a Dh10,000 debt. This even as Philippine Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes assured families of the murder victim, N.D.L., and G. A., the accused and nephew of the deceased, that the Philippine government will give all necessary assistance to both parties, saying “the law does not discriminate.” “We do not discriminate whether this person is guilty or not with the crime he is being accused of. That’s not our job.

The accused whom, I have met in person, hopes that the lawyer from the consulate would give him legal representation so he would be proven not guilty of the crime,” Cortes told a press conference at Little Manila restaurant, Sept. 27.

The accused has already been arraigned and is presently waiting for the first hearing of his case, a date of which has yet to be set, according to Cortes.

Terrified

Filipinos interviewed by The Filipino Times said the “gruesome murder,” not only was “unbelievable,” and “terrifying” but as well projects a “bad image” about the community to fellow expatriates of other nationalities and locals. “It’s a bad image sa ating mga Pinoy kasi nga, the mere fact na magkamag-anak sila (they were relatives),” said Viva Rusia, an administrative officer who resides in Deira.

“Masyadong marahas ang pagkakapatay para sa Dh10,000 lang,” she added. Roland Crisostomo, a community figure popular for basketball tourneys he organizes, said the accused “must have lost his mind due to the pressure of having to pay back the loaned money.” “Baka nawala na sa sarili yung tao. Baka na-pressure sa kasisingil tapos maliit lang ang sweldo. Nagdilim ang paningin. Di na nakapag-isip na matuwid,” he said. “Bad image ito, lalo na’t magkamaganak sila.” “It’s saddening,” said Rachel Lea Flores, quantity surveyor. “She shouldn’t have been murdered. We have no right to take one’s life.

The accused should have followed legal procedures,” she added. “It’s a terrifying incident,” said Ayesha Pajares, social media specialist, “But we cannot condemn the accused until proven guilty. This is a very sensitive issue.”

DFA assistance

Meanwhile, the husband of the victim, a police officer in the Philippines, has sought assistance from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Manila, to assist him to go to Dubai to personally see the remains of his murdered wife, according to Cortes. “The DFA and the government will be assisting him, as afar as his visa is concerned, his plane ticket, his board and lodging.

We will synchronize his coming to Dubai so that it will coincide with the exact date of the release of his wife’s remains,” he said. In June, police sought public assistance to help identify remains of a female body with her head and hands cut off, and circulated pictures of the abaya and green pants that they discovered along with her remains.

The remains were later on identified of that of N.D.L., a Filipina who was employed as a household service worker (HSW) in Abu Dhabi. According to officials, she had absconded from her sponsor seven days before her death. (With TFT staff report)

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