Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Assignment #9

Filipina indicted for murder, US citizen free to go

Kaohsiung prosecutors yesterday indicted Armia Panaglima of the Philippines, the girlfriend of US citizen David Michael Fillion, and asked for the death sentence for the September murder of a Kaohsiung teaching agent.

Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office spokesman Chung Chung-hsiao told reporters that "Because Panaglima cruelly killed a woman who had no animosity toward her, and she showed no regret during the investigation, prosecutors decided to ask the Kaoshiung District Court to sentence Panaglima to death."

Panaglima is charged with robbery and murder, Chung said.

Chung said prosecutors did not find enough to show that Fillion had anything to do with the murder.

He said prosecutors have lifted the ban prohibiting Fillion from leaving the country.

Kaohsiung prosecutors began an investigation into the murder after a woman's body was found in a garbage bag in Kaohsiung on Sept. 15.

Panaglima is suspected of killing 48-year-old Chou Mei-yun on her own and dumping her body in a garbage bag.

Prosecutors said Panaglima met Chou at her residence on Sept. 15. She allegedly wanted Chou to lend her some money but Chou refused.

The suspect is said to have hit Chou in the face and then to have robbed her of her ATM cards, credit cards and cash.

But as Chou refused to reveal the card PIN numbers, Panaglima then allegedly attacked Chou with a kitchen knife and killed her.

Chou was a broker who helped foreigners find teaching jobs at private schools in and around the Kaohsiung area.

Questions:
1. Have you heard this story before? How did you feel when you read it?

2. Will this story influence how people see foreigners in Taiwan?

3. Do you believe the death penalty should be used?

For the real article: http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2007/11/20/2003388713

3 comments:

sandy said...

I had heard this news before.I think this is terrible and scary.How can a woman kill another woman by herself it's really scary.
Maybe it will influence the people in Taiwan scare about foreigner,just a little.I think if Panaglima kill Chou because of money or other reason she must be death.There is no reason to kill a person,except for defend,then you kill a person that must be death.So I think death penalty should be used

William said...

I remembered this news that I had read before on a newspaper. It's really terrible to see that the woman killed Chou because Chou didn't want to lend her money. Simply crazy and scary. It might influence how people see foreigners, but I think the people that will be influence the most will be Chou's relatives and family.

It's hard to answer the last question.

Death penalty, is really a serious thing. What if the murderer changed when she is gonna be killed? I don't know if it's gonna be used or not.

Anonymous said...

Yes, probably so it is