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A representative of the Philippine Consulate here in Hong Kong has finally contacted the Coroner’s Office, inquiring about whether an inquest will be held into Vicky’s disappearance and death. The Coroner is apparently still considering the case.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates when they come to hand.

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Vicky’s sister Irene and aunt Edith have both been attempting to contact the head of the Assistance to Nationals Section of the Philippine Consulate here in Hong Kong. Edith, in particular, has rung a number of times, but she has yet to receive a return call. Both women are attempting to find out whether the Consulate has contacted the Coroner’s Office and has any news about whether Vicky’s case will be subject to an inquest.

The most obvious answer to that question at the moment would be that no contact has been made.

It is very probable that the Coroner is close to reaching a decision on the case, or has already made a decision, but without Consular efforts Vicky’s family is unlikely to hear any news until it is made public.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will report any information here as it comes to hand.

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When recently approached by a member of the Justice for Vicky Flores concern group, the Assistance to Nationals Section of the Philippine Consulate here in Hong Kong was unaware that the police had finalised their investigation into Vicky’s disappearance and death. Section head Mr Gill Salceda indicated that he would attempt to contact Vicky’s family with the news, including the Coroner’s consideration of an inquest.

A representative of the Consulate could well be considered a Properly Interested Person under Schedule 2, Part 9 of the Coroners Ordinance, which would allow them to know when a decision is made about an inquest before the scheduling is announced publicly. Any contact with Vicky’s family now would certain help when requesting to be granted that status.

We urge the Consulate and Mr Salceda to follow through and make official contact once more.

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