Friday, August 21, 2009

Filipino diplomat possibly killed for work in anti-human trafficking

MANILA- Police are looking into the possibility that Philippines Embassy social attache Finardo G. Cabilao was killed because of his work against human trafficking.
Cabilao was found sprawled in a pool of blood in the living room of his apartment in Taman Maluri, Cheras, on Aug 7. He was described as a staunch defender of human trafficking victims who had been duped into the sex trade.

Kuala Lumpur deputy CID chief ACP Khairi Ahrasa told Malay Mail that it was one of the possibilities police were looking into.

"We are checking if his death is linked to his work or related to personal matters," he said.

"We are liaising with the Philippines Embassy in investigating the case."

He said police had also seized Cabilao's laptop, among other items, that were found in the apartment to assist in investigations into the case that has been classified as murder.

Khairi said several people, including Cabilao's friends and colleagues, have been called for their statements to be recorded.

Police also had a meeting with representatives from the Philippines Embassy to discuss developments in the case.

Police ruled out robbery as the the motive since Cabilao's cash and valuables were intact. There was no sign of forced entry, suggesting that the person who had killed Cabilao was known to him. Cabilao's fellow social workers said he had received work-related death threats.

It was learnt he was writing a book on the business and victims of human trafficking for prostitution in Malaysia prior to his death.

He was buried on Tuesday at the Manila Memorial Park. His death has received wide coverage in his home country and over the Internet.

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