Two Filipino women die in HK

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Myla Soriao

A few days before Christmas, two Filipino women passed away in Hong Kong, consulate officials said this afternoon (Dec. 23).

Domestic worker Myla Sheila Caseno Soriao, 41 years old and a native of Calinog, Iloilo, died on Friday (Dec. 21) at the North District Hospital in Sheung Sui after she suffered a stroke.

On the other hand, a 60-year-old Filipino woman, with initials J.C., was found dead in her friend’s home in Sai Kung on Thursday.

Soriao was taking her ward to a tutorial at around 2 pm on Dec. 1 when she suffered a stroke and was brought to the North District Hospital.

She died before dawn on Friday after she had a cardiac arrest at the hospital.

“We were able to visit her in the hospital but then she passed away,” a consulate official said.

More than 40 of her friends and relatives viewed her remains today.

The consulate is preparing her retpatriation back to the Philippines and the release of her benefits from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.

Soriao has two sons, aged 16 and 20, in the Philippines. She had worked in HK for 11 years.

Consul General Antonio Morales earlier urged overseas Filipino workers in the city to take better care of their health after the consulate noticed an increase in the number of HK OFWs who suffered a stroke.

Meanwhile, the police are still trying to determine the cause of death of the Filipina woman found dead in Sai Kung.

Her body was found by her friend, a Hong Kong resident, at around 5:16 pm on Thursday, the police said.

“Investigators said she was unemployed so we are not sure if she was a domestic worker. The investigation continues,” the consulate official said. With a report from Tita Jen Palomo Debaja

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