DFA belies gang rape in video

Posted at 04/12/2010 10:04 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The purported gang rape incident of two Filipino women in Abu Dhabi and the video showing a woman having deep wounds on her face and body are “two separate and unrelated issues.”

This was the clarification of the Philippine embassy in Abu Dhabi, in a press release by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) issued on Monday, after conducting thorough investigation of the incident which circulated online.

Philippine Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates Grace Princesa submitted a report to the DFA stating that the reported rape did not happen. Princesa said the email and its contents were just rumors.

The team deployed by the Philippine embassy visited Sheikh Khadafi Medical City (SKMC) and other hospitals in Abu Dhabi to search for the victims, the statement said.

However, nurses at SKMC, Al Noor and Lifeline hospitals confirmed that no female rape victim was admitted in their hospitals. The city morgue supported the hospitals’ statements.

In addition, the embassy also talked to two high-ranking officials of the Abu Dhabi Criminal Investigation Division (CID) to further clarify the issue, but no incident was reported.

Migrante International earlier considered the mail a hoax when “Edgar”, the sender, did not forward the name and contact details of the nurse who handled the victim at SKMC.

Last February 22, the embassy said that a report circulated within the Filipino community through email, claiming that a Filipina died on the spot while the other managed to seek medical attention at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City.

The latter one, according to the report, died after a few days.

A similar situation could be noted in Jordan. A video showing a woman being killed by the crowd was uploaded on You Tube. The said woman was mistaken to be Filipina.

Ambassador Princesa already talked to the Filipino community leaders, informing them that the rape incident is not true. She also advised them "to refrain from further spreading the rumor”.

“UAE officials, particularly from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Interior, Health and Labor have been very supportive in ensuring the welfare of Filipinos in the country. Abu Dhabi police authorities have, in fact, been helpful in protecting distressed Filipinos. In addition, the UAE government has time and again reiterated its commitment in protecting and promoting human rights in the country,” Ambassador Princesa stated.