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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Flor Contemplacion tragedy continues

Do you still remember Flor Contemplacion and her story? Flor is the Filipino domestic helper who was hanged in Singapore in 1995 for allegedly killing a fellow Filipina, Delia Maga, and her 4-year old ward.

Hers was a tragic story of a wife and mother who thought she would be able to provide a better life for her family by working as a maid abroad. She was wrong.

What's more tragic is what her family have become after her execution. Despite the fact that the Contemplacions apparently received a hefty sum from the Philippine government, various institutions and groups and were also paid for filming the life story of their mother, Flor's children continued to live a life of struggle. Her sons drove pedicabs/tricycles to earn a living and her daughters married early. What happened to the money that was supposed to be for their education?

We thought the Singaporeans were cruel and unjust in hanging her, but what could be more cruel than your own family putting to waste all the sacrifices you have made for them?

She must be suffering even in her grave now that 16 years after her death, her 3 sons were found guilty of drug pushing and were sentenced to serve life in prison.

Flor has just been hanged for the second time.

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