Friday, June 12, 2009 at 10:42 AM Posted by Elmer W. Cagape
Today is the 111th Philippine independence day but perhaps even before celebrations began, a sad news from Happy Valley where a Chinese woman was found brutally hacked inside her house. What's the connection between gaining independence and brutal death of a non-Filipino? It so happened that the only other person present in the crime scene is the Chinese woman's Filipino domestic helper. Authorities believe that the two are the only ones living in the flat, located in one of Hong Kong island's upscale areas. And there are angles that point to the 35-year old Filipina as the suspect.
Of course, we didn't win freedom 111 years ago to kill others. Leads are still being constructed. Robbery? Self-defense? Too much pressure at work? Mental incapacity? Nothing's been conclusive as of the moment. But there are hints swirling around.
The incident happened at 5 in the morning, when most Hong Kong people are still asleep, save for some domestic helpers who need to wake up early and start the working day. Did the maid see robbers inside the house and sought help of her employer to ward off intruders?
Other domestic helpers in the building overheard the maid's complaints that she is frequently scolded by her demanding employer. Was this apparent rift between the two the cause of the ultimate encounter that left the employer getting hacked out of revenge?
She started working for this Chinese woman, who was a senior official at a government agency, only three to four months ago. Does this mean the two didn't know each other much and got along well?
The steel gate was locked and wooden door had bloodstains. Of course, early in the morning, the steel gate should be locked when occupants are indoors for security purpose. Or was it locked on purpose to hide the crime and prevent outsiders from extending help?
Police brought the Filipina helper to Ruttonjee Hospital for treatment of her wounds and then Castle Peak Hospital to check her mental state.
It is a sad story indeed. Employers and employees should harmoniously coexist and know each other's role. I wonder if the likelihood of Chinese people wanting to have Filipino colleagues will marginally decrease? I am not sure.
The last time I heard a Filipino helper killing employers was about six years ago, when a male domestic helper (or driver, can't remember) killed his elderly employers and escaped with loot.
One lesson for both employers and domestic helpers: if there are major disagreements on working condition, it's better for them to part ways; terminate the domestic helper or the DH herself can break her contract. Employers sometimes are unreasonably demanding, but there are also domestic helpers who simply don't carry out their job properly. This doesn't vindicate the Chinese woman who got killed, as the real motive of killing wasn't determined, at the time this blog entry.
Let's wait for results based on investigators findings later.