Malaysian police consider husband as primary suspect in Filipina's murder

6 June 2013

The Philippine Embassy in Malaysia, citing information from Malaysian law enforcement authorities, said that the Malaysian husband of murdered Filipina Vivian Camarota was considered the primary suspect in the killing. In a report by GMA News' Sandra Aguinaldo, aired on GMA-7's "24 Oras",

Embassy Assistance-to-Nationals officer Ariel Esparto said, "Based on the initial investigation ng pulis, ito raw po ay bunga ng pag-aaway ng mag-asawa at ang cause ng kanyang pagkamatay ay 'yung blunt abdominal trauma gawa raw po ng parang bugbog sa katawan." Esparto said that neighbors had found a very weak Camarota sprawled in the parking space of her home. She was taken to hospital, where she expired. The embassy was able to confirm from the hospital that Camarota was badly beaten. Camarota had apparently been pregnant with her third child when she died. The report said that Camarota's husband is now in the hands of authorities and their two children are now in the care of their Malaysian grandmother. Camarota had been living in Malaysia for eight years after marrying her Malaysian husband. "Sisiguruhin po ng Philippine Embassy na matututukan 'yung pagsasampa ng kaso at mailagay sa kulungan 'yung may gawa ho ng kanyang pagkamatay," Esparto said. "This is under investigation by the Royal Malaysian police in Johor Baru," said DFA spokesperson Raul Hernandez in a text message to GMA News Online. "We are ready to extend appropriate assistance to the family, (including) repatriation of the remains to the (Philippines)," he added. Relatives Meanwhile, Camarota's family in San Antonio town in Nueva Ecija only found out about her death through social networking site Facebook. "Nag-open po ng Facebook yung cousin ko kahapon tapos tinawag niya ako mayroon daw po nagpost doon sa ano niya na kung sino ang mga kamag-anak ni Vivian Camarota," said Camarota's sister, Margie. "Yung pong mga kaibigan, kapitbahay niya na nagdala sa kanya sa ospital, na binugbog nga raw po. Siguro po di nakayanan kasi buntis nga po," Margie said. She also alleged that Camarota's husband was responsible for her sister's death. His supposed womanizing had led to frequent quarrels. Furthermore, Margie claimed that Vivian had been wanting to separate from her husband. "Ayaw ituloy nung asawa niya yung pagbubuntis niya," said another of Camarota's siblings, Jayson. "Dapat managot siya, sumuko naman siya, ang kapal naman ng mukha niya, anak niya at asawa niya, pinatay niya," he also said. — DVM, GMA News