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Maid’s Hanging In Singapore Called ‘Mistake’

Associated Press

A Filipino maid was “mistakenly blamed and hanged” in Singapore for two murders, according to a panel that recommended the case be reopened.

President Fidel Ramos had threatened to cut off ties with Singapore if the commission he appointed found that Flor Contemplacion was hanged last month unjustly. He has not yet announced his decision.

The case created a national uproar in the Philippines, seen by many as an example of what they say is mistreatment of Filipinos working in menial jobs abroad. Many Filipinos believe Contemplacion was framed; Singapore denies the charge.

The head of the commission, former Supreme Court Justice Emilio Gancayco, said evidence collected by the inquiry showed Contemplacion was “mistakenly blamed and hanged” for the 1991 death of another maid, Delia Maga, and her young charge.

A Filipino forensic expert who conducted an autopsy on Maga’s body told the inquiry she could not have been killed by a woman and that she had been severely beaten before she was killed.

Singaporean medical examiners said the victim was strangled. The Filipino expert said strangulation was “just to finish her off.”

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