DSWS rescues runaway, reunites her with ‘real’ sisters, brother

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Monday, June 16, 2014


SHEILAMAE Bajenting left her family in Tanjay, Rizal after she found out she was adopted.

The truth was revealed to her when she turned 15 last May.

“Sobrang nagalit kasi si Mama sa akin nung araw na yun kaya yun nabunyag nga na ampon pala ako (My mother was so angry at me that day she ended telling me I was adopted),” she told Sun.Star Cebu.

With the help of her Cebuano boyfriend, Bajenting decided to come here to find her “real” family.

Help sought

“Nakitira ako sa kanila habang hinahanap ko ang tunay kong pamilya (I stayed with my boyfriend while I looked for my relatives here),” she said.

Bajenting was reunited with her biological siblings but only after she was rescued by the Department of Social Welfare and Services (DSWS).

DSWS Chief Ester Concha had received a report from a social worker in Tanjay who was asking for help to locate a girl believed to be in Cebu after running away from home in Rizal.

Bajenting’s adoptive parents told the agency that her boyfriend “Jonel” lives in Barangay Hipodromo, Cebu City.

Adult boyfriend

When it was confirmed that Sheilamae was indeed staying with him, DSWS personnel and members of the Women’s Desk of Police Station 4 “rescued” the 15-year-old.

“It was a rescue operation after we found out that she is a minor and she is living with a 21-year-old guy,” Concha said.

Bajenting was placed under DSWS custody for three days while the agency looked for members of biological family.

“Good thing her family in Tanjay told us her roots that is why we were able to communicate with her sisters who are living in Barangay Bulacao,” Concha said.

Last Monday, Bajenting finally met her two sisters and her brother.

“Mas iba pala yung feeling na kasama mo mga tunay mong kapatid. Masaya ako, masayang masaya (The feeling is different when you’re with your real siblings. I’m very happy),” Bajenting said.

Cebu for good

Her biological mother works as a domestic helper in Bahrain, and Bajenting was also able to talk to her.

Although she still doesn’t know why she was given to the couple in Rizal, Bajenting said it doesn’t matter since she has already forgiven her biological mother.

Her two biological sisters, Cindy and Cathlyn Dianasas, were grateful for the reunion.

“I knew we had a sister who was given up for adoption but I’m happy that we finally got to meet her after so many years,” Cindy said in Cebuano.

Bajenting has decided to stay in Cebu for good and is now enrolled as a high school student at the Bulacao National School.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 17, 2014.

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