Remembering Vicky

Task Group and Blog Established

Morning Glow, by dailyjoe, with Creative Commons licenceFollowing 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.

And then I Blacked Out, by Vlad Lazerain, with Creative Commons LicenceAs 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.

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6 Responses to Remembering Vicky

  1. Joan says:

    Hi Mike,

    My name is Joan and I work for InsideDB magazine. We want to write something on Vicky and her tragic death, and I saw that your wife took a video of the vigil; I was wondering if you, or any other people who were there, perhaps have still photos of the vigil or Vicky that we could use? Please email me at joan.gill@squarefoot.com.hk

    Thanks very much,
    Joan Gill

  2. Mike Poole says:

    Thanks Joan, I’ve emailed you. If anyone else wants to know more, please go to A Death in Hong Kong, which we’re using to publicise community activities in relation to Vicky’s death.

    I’ll also be posting here tonight on how this relates to the death of two other Filipino domestic helpers on the same day that Vicky disappeared.

  3. Justice4all says:

    Please stop stupid accusations ab0ut VICKY! To all my fellow filipin0 especially, SHE IS DEAD AND GIVE HER THE RIGHT TO BE RESPECTED. GIVE HER PEACE. WHY N0T UNITE TOGETHER! STAND AS 0NE! YES WE ARE 0NE BUT WE HAVE EACH 0THER! WHATEVER HAPPENED BEFORE HER DEATH, THATS PAST AND WHAT WE SHOULD D0 N0W IS TO STAND AND FIGHT F0R HER RIGHT OF JUSTICE. GOD IS WITH US…

  4. Mike Poole says:

    Justice4all, that’s exactly how I’m trying to help. And I am standing as one alongside my Filipino wife, Filipino step-daughter, Filipino-Australian daughter, Filipino-Australian son and Filipino friends. I’m not sure how anything I have written has anything to do with ‘stupid accusations’. If you are referring to the other two deaths, then I am not alone in drawing parallels. UNI-FIL representatives are doing the same, as are other Filipinos.

    Everyone who I am speaking to and acting with is worried about justice, both justice being done and justice being seen to be done. In other words, the police doing their jobs and assuring the community that they really are doing their jobs. Also, making sure that Vicky’s death is explained in a reasonable way. And, finally, helping Vicky’s family however we can. A Foundation is being established to help with that.

    I have just finished speaking to our District Councillor about the situation, and about making sure that when the police announce anything, they have Tagalog speakers at least to communicate the message quickly and clearly to Filipinos here in Discovery Bay.

    I am also maintaining a another blog, A Death in Hong Kong, to inform people about what is going on, so more people can join the fight for justice. I hope all this information helps you understand that we both want the same thing.

  5. Justice4all says:

    MIKE, im very thankful for you for having this bl0g spot f0r VICKY. IM REFERRING TO THOSE PERSONS WH0 D0ESNT STOP GOSSIPING AB0UT VICKY. LIKE THIS AND THAT! Ive heard a few g0ssips myself and I FEEL ASHAMED ON WHAT THEY ARE D0ING. Whatever wrong she had d0ne, IT D0ESNT GIVE ANY0NE THE RIGHT TO JUDGE HER. As FATHER HENRY P0INTED 0UT, WHY N0T ASK THEMSELVES WHAT THEY CAN D0 TO HELP VICKY…. Rather if they are juz making stupid stories and accusati0ns, JUST SHUT THEIR M0UTH. THANKS 4 UR KINDNESS 2 US MIKE…

  6. Mike Poole says:

    Hi, yes, I realise that now. I hope everyone can help.

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