MANILA, Philippines - A Filipina secretary cum accountant was found dead at the top of her rented apartment in Doha, Qatar, the local chapter of a Filipino migrants' rights group said.
The Samahan ng mga Migranteng Manggagawa sa Qatar (SAMMAQA), the local chapter of Migrante in Doha, reported that Edilyn Buno Mirasol was found dead on September 4 with a rope tied around her neck.
Mirasol, 28, is from Tagum, Davao City.
"A fellow OFW and flatmate found her laid back on top of the platform with a rope on her neck. The fellow OFW reported to the local police on the same day [that] OFW Edilyn was found dead," Noel Tolentino, SAMMAQA secretary-general, said in a statement released Sunday.
Tolentino added that the OFW who reported the incident and three others -- two flatmates and one male co-worker -- were invited for questioning by the local police.
"The OFWs were invited by the security police in Mogalina, Doha for questioning that started from 6 p.m. of September 10 and lasted around 1 a.m. the following day," he said.
Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator John Leonard Monterona said the OFW who reported the incident "complained of beating and manhandling by the local police during the investigation."
Given this, Monterona and Tolentino called on the Philippine Embassy in Doha to conduct its own investigation into the incident.
"If they won't heed your order then fire them or face the anger of the disgruntled OFWs and their families," Monterona told President Benigno Aquino III.
According to Migrante, the group receives an average of two "OFW mysterious deaths" every month.
"The most recent are the cases of Janice Joy Pampangan, an OFW from Jordan, and of Juvy Montesoso, an OFW from Kuwait. Both remains have just recently repatriated. Their respective kin suspected there was foul play and have asked for reinvestigation," Monterona said.