2020-10-31

Domestic violence victim rescued

Coordinated team effort rescues Filipina from Arab husband by Dino Crescini

    June 8, 2011. St. Marys, NSW

. A news reporter of Philippine Sentinel, a barrister, a Filipino priest and NSW police rescued today a woman from her husband’s home in Sydney’s western suburbs.

According to Virginia (not her real name), she arrived in Australia in early February this year on the strength of a spouse’s visa. Since then for the past four months, her 66-year old husband has been brutalizing her. The Arab who hails from Sudan appeared to be meek and mild-mannered when met by Blacktown Migrant Workers Union president Neil Galang. He was accompanied by his solicitor Joe Borg when they went to a house in St. Marys to rescue the Filipina whose real name cannot be revealed for reasons of security.

“He’s a monster in bed, and he derives sexual satisfaction by beating me,” said the Bicolana who is a native of Legaspi City, Albay. “I couldn’t call the police because he is always by my side whenever I use the telephone. He allows me to use the internet, but he keeps an eye on the computer screen.”

The man pleaded with Mr. Borg to give him another chance, even promising that he won’t beat or maltreat his wife ever again. Sensing that the Arab is really a sadist, the solicitor was firm and did not agree to leave without taking Virginia, who is now being looked after in an undisclosed home for battered wives.

While Galang and Borg were inside the house, NSW Police were waiting outside to ensure that there would be no untoward incident. Police could not directly intervene because there was no official complaint against Virginia’s husband. “It was impossible for me to call the police because he always makes sure that he is within hearing range whenever I want to use the telephone,” said Virginia during the exclusive interview conducted by Philippine Sentinel.

Neil Galang, who is also a news reporter of this paper, was tipped off by a Filipino priest who learned of Virginia’s perils in the hands of her husband.

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