When the news came of the latest death at a popular resort in the Philippines, the national headlines were about the death of a tourist and the tragic nature of the situation.
But in the case of a 24-year-old Filipina, there were also concerns over whether she would be able to survive and if she would ever be able return home.
I am not in an hurry to go home, said the young woman who lost her life at the Malecon Hotel on May 11.
It’s going to be a long trip, she said.
We need to be patient, she told the Associated Press on May 12, one of the last days before she was scheduled to be moved from the resort to another hotel in the capital, Manila.
She said she had been staying in the hotel for the past few days and that she did not want to be in a situation where she couldn’t come home.
She was just a kid, she added.
When the first news of the death spread on social media, the hotel’s owner and other locals were quick to offer condolences.
He also tweeted: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the person who was killed at Malecons Malecona hotel.
Our hearts are with the family, friends, and guests of Malecones Maleconal Hotel.”
The hotel, which is in the southern Philippine city of Malacañang, has been the scene of frequent violence in recent years.
In 2015, two of its workers were killed, and in 2017, the resort’s general manager was arrested for allegedly kidnapping and raping two young women.
The Maleconte Hotel has not yet commented on the incident.
The Associated Press reported on May 13 that police were investigating a report that the woman had been sexually assaulted, but the case has not been formally filed.
In another recent case, an 18-yearold girl was allegedly gang-raped and murdered in a hotel room at the hotel on May 17.
The incident happened on the third day of a typhoon season that has seen several deaths in the country.
After the death, many residents were not happy with the lack of attention to the incident and said they were still waiting for information on whether the hotel would be allowed to reopen.
A police officer who answered the phone at the Hilton Manila told the AP that he could not provide details because the matter was still under investigation.
Some locals expressed their concern over the hotel, saying that they felt that it was just another luxury hotel in town.
“I think it’s better for the people to have a hotel and not this cheap hotel,” said an elderly man who identified himself only as Mr. Lee.
“You know, Malecion is the second biggest city in the world and you should at least have some dignity.
This is the third resort in this city.
Why would you keep it here?
It’s not good.”