Kin of OFW found decapitated still waiting for justice
Maribel Alpas (in purple shirt) with her sister Jocebel. Photo grabbed from the Facebook page Justice for Maribel Alpas
MANILA - The family of an overseas Filipino worker whose severed head was found inside a bucket is still crying for justice, almost two months since the brutal murder was discovered in Nueva Ecija.
"Hindi dumating yung dalawang inaakusahan namin sa korte. Nagpadala lang ng request for postponement yung abugado niya," said Jocebel Alpas.
Jocebel was referring to Elcielo Valdez and Reginal Samson, the two suspects in the murder of her sister, Maribel.
The suspects are both related to Maribel's Filipino employers Girlie Valdez Samson and Dennis Samson.
Murder charges were filed against Valdez and Samson on April 12 and April 30 respectively.
"Pindalhan na silang dalawa ng subpoena para po sa May 20," Jocebel said.
Maribel, 31, never made it back to England where she was supposed to start another two-year contract as a nanny to the Samsom couple.
Her family last saw her alive when she left their hometown in Hinobo-an, Negros Occidental on March 20, a day before her scheduled flight back to Manchester. Maribel had been in the country since November 2013 after she completed her first two years abroad.
Her family said that Maribel went to Sta. Rosa, Nueva Ecija to pick up something for her Filipino employers, both working as nurses in the UK, a day before her scheduled departure for the UK.
"May mga bago po na mga witness. Maliban doon sa tatlong nauna, may bago pang tatlo na residente ng Sta. Rosa," she said.
She said the first two witnesses were the ones who saw the pick-up truck that unloaded the bucket found in Cabiao.
"Yung isa naman nagpapatunay na kilala talaga ni Reginal yung kapatid ko kasi dine-deny niya na di daw niya kilala," Jocebel said.
The new witnesses, Jocebel said, included two relatives of Reginal.
"Tinanong po sila, meron pong nakapagsabi na itong Reginal na ito humiram ng pick-up doon sa Elcielo. Narinig po ng isang kasamahan ni Elcielo na hihiram daw yung Reginal ng pick-up kasi dadalhin sa ospital yung kapatid na babae. Yung bunsong kapatid na babae," she said.
But the family denied having to bring Reginal's sister to the hospital.
"Kasi ok naman daw po. Parang nagko-conflict yung mga salaysay. Kaya nagpapatunay lang na nagsisinungaling yung Reginal," she said.
Aside from the additional witnesses to the case, authorities also uncovered new evidence at the compound in Sta Rosa where Reginal resides.
"May nakita silang may nasunog. Yung kahoy sa katabi namatay yung dahon, parang kakasunog lang po. Nung nag search sila may nakita silang buto ng tao, human remains yun ang tawag nila," she said.
Jocebel believes there could be other witnesses who saw the incident or may know something about it.
"Hindi naman po imposible na walang nakakita kaya lang natatakot sila," she said.
There were also documents belonging to her sister that were burned too and stashed inside a sink's PVC pipe.
"Tinabunan yung buto tapos yung iba po itinapon sa septic tank. Yung maliliit lang na buto ang naiwan sa sinunugan," she said.
Since news broke out about her sister's brutal death, her Filipino employers in the UK have yet to get in touch with them.
"Mga account nila sa Facebook lahat naka-deactivate na," she said.
They learned that Dennis Samson had been ordered not to report for work at the hospital where he is employed until he clears his name. This information came from a report from www.mirror.co.uk.
"Ang balita namin nung nakaraan suspended silang dalawang mag asawa gawa nga po ng nangyari sa kapatid ko. Makakabalik lang daw po sila doon kapag ma-clear name nila. Paano maki-clear? Hindi naman po sila nakikipagtulungan," said Jocebel.