Cop wants probe on death of sister in Makati hotel

A Negros Occidental policeman is calling for an investigation into what he called the “negligence” of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and a Makati hotel following the death of his sister while in quarantine.

PO1 Nico Malibong, who is assigned to the Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office, said Sunday, October 17, that his sister Sheila Mae Malibong Hallares, 40, of Barangay Lopez Jaena, Murcia, was found dead in a room at Eurotel Makati Hotel in Makati City where she was quarantined on her arrival from Lebanon, on October 8.

He said they sent a cousin to the hotel when they could not reach her or the hotel for two days and she was found dead in her room on Wednesday, October 13.

There was blood on her bed and the bathroom, Malibong said.

They were informed that she died from a hemorrhagic stroke and had been dead since Monday, he added.

Murcia Mayor Victor Gerardo Rojas said they will assist the family in seeking an investigation into the death of Hallares.

Her brother said the hotel staff should have been concerned when she did not eat her meals and checked on her. There apparently were also no medical personnel at the facility, he said.

He said his sister had allergies and was asking that food she could eat be bought for her. She asked the Eurotel staff to buy her medicine and even gave a tip but she was told they could not do it, Malibong said.

Malibong said his sister had worked in Lebanon for about seven years and has two children – girls aged 9 and 18.

Her husband, Armi Hallares, who also works in Lebanon returned home on learning of his wife’s death but is still in quarantine in Cebu. His sister’s remains will arrive in Negros on Tuesday, Malibong said.*

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