Kin of OFW who fell to death from employer’s apartment suspect foul play

The family of 28-year-old Milagros Altoveros Oramoto, a domestic worker in Singapore, sought the help Migrante International after learning that she fell to her death from her employer’s fifth-floor apartment on April 16. They suspect foul play.

Milagros’ sister, Lorena, said that previous to her death, the domestic worker had sent her messages saying that she in uncomfortable with her employer’s daughter-in-law. She said that the daughter-in-law was rude to her and was acting jealous of her employer’s treatment of her. She said that the daughter-in-law would unreasonably order her around and curse at her without provocation.

Milagros has been working for her elderly employer, Choo Yeow Seng, for almost three years and he treated her like a daughter.  When he learned of his daughter-in-law’s offensive treatment, he asked his daughter-in-law to move out of the apartment.

Lorena said that they were also surprised to find that her sister had bruises even in her inner thighs and crotch. “Her bruises are not consistent with her fall,” she said.

According to Milagros’ death certificate, her cause of death was “blunt traumatic injuries to the head, throat, left upper and left lower extremities.” Her family sought for a re-autopsy after her remains arrived in the country last January 7. They are still awaiting results. They are also still waiting for the results of the police investigation in Singapore.

“We want no stones left unturned. If she really fell, we are willing to accept her fate. But we cannot just concede without a fight. If there was foul play, we want justice for my sister,” Lorena said.

Migrante International called on the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the PH embassy in Singapore to look into the matter. ###

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