MANILA, Philippines – An overseas Filipino worker allegedly committed suicide inside the center of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Aloha Magbanua, 34, allegedly killed herself inside the OWWA center in Kuala Lumpur. However, her family believes she did not kill herself
Her brother, Ryan Magbanua, said Aloha sent a message during the first week of October advising them not to believe in any news of her suicide. He said Aloha was also detained at an apartment.
"Iyan nga iyung pinagtataka namin at mabigat sa loob namin iyung nangyari sa kanya. Ang sa amin lang sana nakauwi sya at nakasama namin," Ryan said.
"Maniniwala sana kami kung hindi siya nagsabi. May test siya na 'kung ano man ang mangyari, hindi dapat kayo maniwala na nagpakamatay ako. Set up lang.' Hindi rin nya sinabi kung sino," he added.
After giving birth to her first-born child, Aloha flew to Malaysia last July to work as a domestic helper.
Several months into her job, Aloha told her family that she was being maltreated by her employer, prompting her mother to seek help from the OWWA headquarters in Manila.
Aloha's family said she was supposed to leave for the Philippines last November 8.
OWWA administrator Carmelita Dimzon, meanwhile, said prior to the incident inside the OWWA center in Kuala Lumpuir, Aloha had attempted to kill herself.
"Ito palang worker ay may attempt nang mag-suicide. At mukhang may problema siya sa employer niya. Hindi naming maintindihan pero mukhang may malalim na problema," she said.
Aloha's family is asking for the speedy repatriation of the OFW's remains, and to determine the real cause of her death.