Maid uses umbrella as parachute, dies: report

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 02 2010 01:39 PM | Updated as of Sep 02 2010 10:32 PM

MANILA, Philippines – A Filipino migrant workers' group based in the Middle East called on the concerned Philippine diplomatic post to verify reports that a Pinay domestic worker who attempted to runaway from her employer jumped to her death in Saudi Arabia.

“Concerned fellow OFWs called me up last week and informed us about the death of a domestic worker who reportedly jumped from the window of her employer’s flat on a higher floor of a building,” John Leonard Monterona, regional coordinator of Migrante Middle East Chapter said.

However, Monterona said the OFWs who tipped him have failed to identify the victim and ascertain if she was a Filipino.

Online news provider The Saudi Gazette reported on Wednesday that a housemaid jumped from the window of her employer’s unit on the 7th floor of a building.

The report said the victim used an umbrella as parachute to escape. The victim fell on the pavement and died.

Aside from the need to establish the victim’s identity, Monterona said it is also important to investigate the circumstances that prompted her to escape.