The body of Vicenta Flores was found floating off the waters of Tung Chung on Lantau Island in Hong Kong wearing only pajamas Dennis Y.C. Wong, Wikipedia MANILA, Philippines - The sister of Filipina domestic helper Vicenta 'Vicky' Flores whose mysterious death early last month sparked off a series of protests, is calling on the police to investigate further the missing links in the case, instead of hinting at some vague cult links.
Irene F. Reguis, herself a former domestic helper in Hong Kong, said that what the police should find an explanation for was how Vicky's body was found in Tung Chung on Apr. 11, or four days after she had reportedly fled her employer's house in Discovery Bay (DB).
In particular, Reguis wants to know who could have driven her sister to Tung Chung, which can be reached only by going through the Discovery Bay tunnel or walking though a mountainous terrain. She is also puzzled as to why the body was still found in Tung Chung waters when Vicky was last seen in a distressed state at a nearby pier on Apr.7.
"Tatlong araw nang patay, bakit nandoon pa rin ang bangkay (She's been dead for three days, why was the body still there)?", she said.
Reguis said she could not believe a recent suggestion by the police that her sister could have joined a cult because of a slip of paper with Latin writings which was supposedly found among her possessions.
"Hindi ako naniniwala doon. Nagbabasa siya ng Bible, at sa Catholic church lang nagsisimba (That's unbelievable. She reads the bible and only goes to a Catholic church)," defended Reguis.
What should also be looked into, according to her, is why Vicky was described by several witnesses as looking distressed on the night she disappeared.
"Bakit siya natatakot? Sino'ng kinatatakutan niya? Iyon ang dapat imbestigahang mabuti (Why was she scared? Who was she afraid of? That's what should be investigated thoroughly)," she said.
Reguis, helped by several migrants support group and concerned DB residents, has already asked the Coroner's Court to conduct an inquest. However, a date has yet to be set for the hearing.
At the time of her death, Vicky had worked for her Malaysian employer and his Hong Kong-born wife for 12 years.
One of their neighbors, also a domestic helper, told police that she saw Vicky running out of her employers' house barefoot and wearing only pajamas at about 8pm of Apr. 7 as her employers returned home.
Another neighbor also reported seeing Vicky on the same night, looking scared. The witness said she did ask Flores what had happened, but got no answer.
The next sighting was reported by another witness who said that while she was on Bus S56 on the way to the airport, Flores had tried to board at Tung Chung Pier at about 11:15 pm on Apr.7 but was told by the bus driver to alight because she did not pay the fare. The deceased reportedly was barefoot and looked desperate.
The next known fact was that Flores's body was floating off Tung Chung pier at about 6:35 am on Apr. 11. -Daisy C.L. Mandap, The Sun