Probe sought into Filipina maid’s death

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Advocacy group Migrante has called on the Philippine government to seek a thorough probe into the death of a Filipina domestic helper who allegedly jumped out of her employer’s car here last month.

John Leonard Monterona, Migrante Middle East coordinator, said in a statement that an investigation was needed into the death of the 24-year-old woman, Noliza Leynes, and the Philippine Embassy in Qatar should make proper representation on behalf of her family.

The Philippine Embassy in Qatar is following up the case.

According to reports, Leynes jumped out of the car she was travelling in on March 22. She died of head injuries on March 28 at Hamad Hospital, exactly three months after she arrived in Qatar, on December 28.

“We are also worried (about the case),” Monterona said. He said Leynes’ death could have been prevented if the Philippine Embassy and the Philippine Overseas Labour Office in Doha had acted swiftly to rescue her.

The mother of the deceased, Corazon Magnaye, had earlier sought help from the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs after being informed by her daughter’s recruitment agency that she was comatose at the hospital.

Magnaye expressed fears there could be suspicious circumstances behind her daughter’s death.

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