2 missing minors rescued in Samboan pier waiting for trip to Negros
CEBU CITY, Philippines –The two minors who were reported missing on Monday, October 18, were rescued by the police around 2:00 a.m. today, October 22, in San Sebastian, Samboan town, western Cebu as they were about to board a vessel bound for Negros Oriental.
Police Lieutenant Colonel Gerald Ace Pelare, Talisay City Police Station chief, said that the rescue of Mikaela Ayesha Alam-Alam, 12, and Jea Mae Abellana, 13, in Samboan town stemmed from the information that they received from a social media friend of one of the girls whom they contacted for possible leads.
“We checked on the social media friend sa usa sa mga victims, we tried to establish communication with them. Eventually, nahibaw-an nato, una to sa Cebu City ang ilang location pero wa nato maabti until sa nagpadayun nga communication atoang nahibaw-an nga naa sila sa Samboan didto atoa sila na rescue,” Pelare said.
Pelare further said that they are still conducting further investigation to identify and locate the possible person who allegedly encouraged the minors to leave their homes.
The police are also verifying reports that this has something to do with illegal recruitment.
Pelare added that they are looking into a personality who was included in the Facebook group chat that the two girls were also part of. Pelare identified this person as a certain “Scarlette.”
“We have reasons to believe na siya maoy ga influence aning duha nga mulayas para magkita sila. So, usa na sa pinaka possibilidad nganong nilayas sila pero accordingly, pagstorya namo sa children karon, it was of their own volition daw nga mulayas sila pero naa man gud mi witness nga kauban sad nila sa group chat nga kining Scarlette mao ning ga entice nila para mulayas,” he added.
Sheila Ann Alam-Alam, the mother of Mikaela, said that her daughter admitted that she did this because she felt like she was being left out. She was reportedly disappointed since her parents no longer have time for her.
Sheila Ann said that Mikaela was their only child for almost 12 years until she gave birth to another baby who is now one year old.
Sheila Ann also said that Jea told her that she also left her home in barangay Suba in Cebu City because she has done something wrong.
Sheila Ann said that the two first went to Toledo City to process their documents in going to Negros. However, they were asked for a Swab result there so they went to Samboan where they were found.
Accordingly, police also received information that the two girls rented a lodging house in the said town.
Sheila Ann further said that Jea has P15,000 with her which the two reportedly used for their expenses. Mikaela, on the other hand, only has P300.
Sheila Ann added that Jea’s money was from her savings fund left by her deceased mother. /rcg
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