Report: Filipino Maid May Have Been Guilty After All
Mar. 19, 1995
MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ The government on Sunday postponed a visit by Singapore's prime minister next month following the outcry over his government's execution of a Filipino maid for a double murder.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Robert Romulo also said the government was recalling envoys to Singapore and six other countries to discuss measures to protect Filipinos working abroad.
Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong of Singapore was to have visited April 10-12. Romulo did not say when it would be rescheduled.
Also Sunday, The Manila Chronicle quoted the former Philippine consul general in Singapore as saying the maid, Flor Contemplacion, angrily rejected early advice that she not sign a confession.
``She was very furious then and kept shouting that she had committed the crime,'' Consul General Elizabeth Buensuceso was quoted as saying.
Mrs. Contemplacion, 42, was hanged Friday. She was convicted a year ago of the 1991 murder of another Filipino maid and that woman's 4-year-old charge. The death penalty is mandatory for murder in Singapore.
The case became a cause celebre for Filipinos angry over the alleged mistreatment they say Filipinos working in low-paying jobs abroad are subjected to.
Critics say the Philippine government gave little assistance to Mrs. Contemplacion, who has been portrayed as a victim of Singapore's harsh legal system and an uncaring Philippine Embassy.
In the days before the execution, her lawyers presented alleged witnesses who said they had new information in the case. But Singapore refused appeals for a delay, saying it had examined the new evidence and found it to be false.
Romulo said Philippine diplomats visited Mrs. Contemplacion at least nine times and she never retracted her confession. But he said a commission would examine the embassy's conduct.