Task Group and Blog Established
Following my post yesterday on the untimely death of Vicky Flores here in Hong Kong, I have a little more information to share. Discovery Bay residents and representatives of Filipino migrant groups met earlier today to talk about what we could to do encourage a proper investigation of the case, and to make sure that people hear about what’s going on. We’ve established a dedicated blog, A Death in Hong Kong, to cover our activities and to collect and collate information on how and why Vicky disappeared.
Here’s the first post in full.
Vicenta Flores, or Vicky as most people knew her, disappeared from Discovery Bay on Lantau island in Hong Kong on or around 7 April 2008. Her body was found in Tung Chung harbour on the far side of the island on 11 April. Since that time there has been little media coverage of the situation, conflicting reports from the police about how their investigation is being conducted and growing community concern that justice may not prevail.
Following a meeting on 19 April, members of the Discovery Bay community in association with Filipino migrant organisations established this blog to air our concerns about the circumstances surrounding Vicky’s death and the lack of transparency in ongoing investigations. We also plan to collect and collate any relevant information that should be considered in determining how and why Vicky went missing.
Discovery Bay is a small community housing people from all over the world. We’re all different, but we value everyone equally. To lose one of our own is a shock; to fail to act would be a travesty.
A petition urging the authorities to properly investigate Vicky’s death has been drafted and will begin circulating tomorrow. We’ll post a copy of it here later tonight, after it has been translated into Chinese.
If anyone has any information about Vicky’s disappearance that they think will be helpful, please contact the police as soon as possible. The Discovery Bay Forum covers a lot of what we already know, but so much needs to be clarified.
You can also leave comments in response to this or any further posts, whether you want to give your name or not.
Together we can make a difference, honour Vicky’s memory and help her family. We’ll keep you posted about all activities and developments. Please assist if you can.
As most Greetings Earthlings! readers are outside of Hong Kong, I’ll cross-post here when we have any news of wider significance. Filipino migrant workers sweat and toil in almost every country on earth. Far too many die in mysterious circumstances, described conveniently as ‘suicides’ and the like.
Not this time.