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Remains of Pinay maid electrocuted in Qatar arrive in PHL


September 22, 2012 8:00pm
The remains of Marianne Aguilar Jimenez, a Filipina domestic worker who died due to electrocution in Qatar on June 17, arrived in the Philippines on Friday.

The news site SunStar Davao said Jimenez, 34, of Mintal, Davao City died after 95 percent of her body got burned.

Philip Alano of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Doha, Qatar said Jimenez's body was found totall burned.

She was rushed to the trauma intensive care unit of the Hamd Hospital where she lost consciousness and died.

SunStar said Jason Jimenez, the husband of the victim could not believe what happened to his wife and he suspected foul play.

“I believe she was intentionally burned. I once called her and asked about her stay and employment in Qatar. She told me her female employer treats her well except for employer's daughter,” Jason was quoted as saying.

He said he has not yet received his wife's autopsy report which he asked the Department of Foreign Affairs to secure.

He said he has also sought the help from the Philippine Embassy to conduct an independent investigation.

Jimenez, a mother of three, left the Philippines on May 10 this year.

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Gil E. Lebria of the migrant workers advocacy group Migrante-Middle East said they also suspect foul play.

“Our government should act on this. The death of a married OFW is never easy,” he said.

Meanwhile, Maria Elvira Ador, OWWA regional director, told SunStar that they are only waiting for the final report to determine the cause of death but they will be handing over at least P120,000.

One of Jimenez’s children will be given a scholarship, the report said. - Andrei Medina, VVP, GMA News

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