Police probe death of helper in Mandaluyong condo
Police are investigating the death of an 18-year-old househelp who was found with strangulation marks and head and leg injuries inside a condo unit in Mandaluyong City where she worked.
Selveliza “Darlyn” Parba was still gasping for air when found in her employers’ bedroom by Bella Cereno, a fellow househelp, at about around 11:20 a.m. Friday, according to a report to city police chief Senior Supt. Joaquin Alva.
Parba was brought to Victor R Potenciano Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 11:55 a.m., said the report prepared by investigator SPO1 Ambrosio Gam.
Both women were stay-in maids at a 3rd floor unit of El Dorado Tower 3, California Garden, in Barangay Highway Hills.
According to Cereno’s statement to investigators, Parba was left alone in the unit earlier that morning after their employers went out and Cereno accompanied their employer’s child to school.
When Cereno returned, she could not immediately find Parba, prompting her to check the rooms.
She then discovered the victim in the bedroom, lying on the edge of the bed with her feet touching the floor.
Cereno then called the condo’s security guards for help.
The Inquirer on Saturday learned from other condo residents that personnel from the National Bureau of Investigation had also inspected the unit.
In an interview, Rodel Parba, a cousin of the victim, said Darlyn sounded very afraid when she last spoke with her mother on the phone on Friday.
The victim, Rodel said, then told her mother that somebody had been repeatedly ringing the doorbell.
On Sept 4, Parba told her cousins of her plan to resign, Rodel added. She also confided that she had two suitors—a security guard and another condo resident.
The Mandaluyong police as of Saturday were still waiting for autopsy results and findings by crime scene investigators, as well as any security camera footage helpful to the probe.
Parba’s remains are set to be brought to Bukidnon, her home province.
Rodel said he was able to talk to Earl Flores, employer of the victim, and that the latter promised to shoulder the funeral expenses and the cost of transporting Parba’s remains up to the Davao airport.
Parba, the fourth child in a brood of seven, arrived in Metro Manila just a few months ago to look for work./rga
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