Thursday, June 19, 2008

A Tragic Death in The Philippines

Mac Thi Lieu, one of the last remaining Stateless Vietnamese in the Philippines was found dead in Palawan. Here is a report from the Philippines. I don't know about this woman but will post more information as they come in.

A 50-year-old Vietnamese national was found dead near the Vietnamese Village in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan province, dzBB radio reported Thursday morning.

Radio dzBB's Palawan affiliate reported that the naked body of the victim, initially identified as Mac Thi Lieu, was found at 6 a.m. near a canal along Km 13 of the North National Highway.

The area where the body was found is in Sta. Lourdes village in the city.

Police are trying to determine what caused the death, even as they suspect the victim may have been sexually assaulted. - GMANews.TV

Updated 6/24/08
Ms. Mac Thi Lieu was born in Hai Phong, Viet Nam in 1953. She came to the Philippines in 1989 with 90 other boat people picked up from their sinking boat (they went 9 days without foods and water) by the Canadian supply ship HMSC The Provider. Canadian Ambassador Andre Simard in Manilla gave assurance to the Philippines that they will be taken to Canada by December 92. Canada used UNHCR Comprehensive Plan of Action to disallow their admission to Canada and made away with its promise to those desperate people...

In 2007, three groups in Canada were committed to take Ms Lieu under their care and support, following Minister Finley's opening door to those last Vietnamese in the Philippines.

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