A Filipino court interpreter who served the Hong Kong Judiciary for 40 years has passed away in the Philippines due to bladder cancer.

Carmen Eizmendi Rivera, 75, known as Menchu, started working at the Hong Kong Judiciary as an interpreter in 1981 and had worked there for nearly 40 years until last November, sunwebhk.com reported.

Rivera resigned from her position and returned home to the Philippines for medical treatment.

She died on April 24 in Manila due to bladder cancer. She left behind two children. Her third child, the youngest son, died from drowning three years ago.

Rivera’s daughter named Socci said her mother died peacefully after fighting a painful battle. Her mother was cremated on the same day she died and her remains were laid to rest in St Therese Columbarium in Pasay City.

Rivera was known for her fluency in Tagalog, English and Spanish, and was often called to handle difficult court cases. She was well-loved by the Filipino community in Hong Kong.

A mass will be held for friends and family to remember Carmen Rivera at 6pm on Saturday May 19, at the Catholic Centre on the 18th floor of the Grand Building on Connaught Road in Central.