Probe of Filipina’s death in Mongolia sought


A migrant workers group has called on the government to investigate the death under mysterious circumstances of a Filipino domestic helper in Mongolia last year.

Migrante International said Terril Atienza, 34—believed to have been a victim of illegal recruiters—died a few days after telling her family in the Philippines she wanted to go home because she was overworked and underpaid.

Atienza’s remains arrived in the country on Dec. 9, 2011. An autopsy performed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) showed bruises and burns over her entire body. Her heart and portions of other internal organs were missing. A rag had been stuffed in the body.

“We believe, based on the condition of Atienza’s body and the autopsy conducted by the NBI, that foul play was involved. We fully support Atienza’s family in calling for justice and due punishment for her murderer,” said Migrante chairman Garry Martinez in a press conference.

Atienza’s daughter Nyrrel said her mother was supposed to meet with a friend on Nov. 19, 2011, but the friend was told by her employer that Atienza was sick. On Nov. 21, the employer e-mailed Atienza’s recruitment agency in Manila informing it that her body was in a morgue.

Martinez said the autopsy report from Mongolia indicated that Atienza had died of “severe intoxication from an unknown source.” The NBI autopsy, however, showed Atienza had cardiovascular disease and had sustained a stab wound, although it was not established what actually caused her death.

According to Migrante, Atienza told her family and friends in her correspondence that she was being maltreated by her employer, Sergelen Davaakhu, said to be a diplomat and son of a former Mongolian prime minister.

Atienza told her family her employer was often drunk and held rowdy nightly parties in his home. He forbade her from using her mobile phone and laptop. She said she decided to return to the Philippines after she hadn’t been paid her wages for three months.

Migrante said Atienza was trafficked to Singapore to work as a domestic in January 2010. In June 2011, she told her family she wanted to return home but her recruiter flew her to Mongolia instead to finish her two-year contract with a new employer.

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  • Jon

    All our murdered, raped and abused kababayans abroad are the fault of our useless government!
    Rich politicians don’t care about the poor Pinoys!  This makes me sick to my stomach to think that someone had to go abroad to earn a living and ends up dead.  When will our self serving politicians get there act together and make the Philippines prosperous so that we don’t have to be the slaves of the world.

    • Natx Bacalzo

       you’re addressing murdered kababayans! are you from the deads?

    • reddfrog

       The better question would be: When will we stop voting for self-serving politicians?

  • tvnatinto

    this incident should have been enough to ban travel to china

    • reddfrog

       You got your geography mixed up. It’s Mongolia, not China. Different countries.

  • kenpascual

    Just as a warning to our folks.  Last night a relative of mine narrated that her former employer referred her to an agency for work in the UK.  She got a letter to have her UK Work permit visa processed for an amount of 300 british pound.  But she needs it to transfer via Western Union in Nigeria.  I told her it is too good to be true. A quick search in the internet revealed it is a scam. I advice her not to give any money and report her boss to the authority. For those who receive the same pattern of lies, pls beware. You can check a lot of similar cases in this site. wwwDOTpinoymoneytalkDOTcom/uk-job-online-scam

  • internet101

    sana magkaroon na ng mga trabho sa atin para hindi na sila magwork sa ibang bansa. dapat maglagay ng project ang gobyerno natin para magkaroon sila ng maliit na negosyo sa pinas. madami sa bansa natin ang mga negosyanteng may bakery, small grocery stores dapat mga pinoy ang may karapatan dyan kasi maliit lang ang puhunan.

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