Ma asked for help, Maternity deal says

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014


JASMINE BADOCDOC received a five-figure amount from the hospital where her infant’s lips were taped last May, according to one of the hospital’s lawyers.

But Badocdoc, in a separate interview yesterday, denied that she had signed a settlement with the hospital.

With or without a settlement, the Regional Sub-Committee for the Welfare of Children (RSCWC) revealed they will release their findings and will implement sanctions against the Cebu Puericulture Center and Maternity House (CPCMH) and those involved in the incident.

Lawyer Cornelio Mercado, who represented CPCMH, said that after signing the settlement, Badocdoc received a “five-figure” financial assistance from the hospital, but declined to reveal the exact amount.

“For the record, money is not the motive why Jasmine entered into an amicable settlement,” the “settlement of dispute” agreement showed.

Yet in a statement issued on her Facebook page, Badocdoc said she was shocked by reports that she had decided to settle the case with CPCMH.

She said she signed no settlement and claimed that when reporters showed her a copy of a “settlement of dispute” agreement, it was her first time to see it.

She claimed CPCMH has fabricated reports that they initiated the settlement.

“It’s not a surprise. They already did that before and they, without a doubt, can do that again. Actually, they just did,” Badocdoc said.

Badocdoc told reporters that the last time she visited CPCMH was to claim her infant son’s certificate of live birth.

“No amount of settlement can prevent any type of case. So with this, we will stick to what we started. We will stand our ground and we will let the law take its course,” she added.

Mercado challenged Badocdoc to file cases against them for falsification of public documents.

Mercado said that only a court case would show who is telling the truth in this controversy, which started last May when the father of Badocdoc’s baby posted photos on Facebook showing their infant with a clear strip of tape over his lips.

In an interview with Sun.Star Cebu yesterday, Mercado said that before Jasmine signed the settlement, she met with hospital officials on how it would be done.

“This settlement didn’t come out of the blue. Somebody initiated it, but I’m sure it didn’t come from us,” Mercado said.

Mercado revealed it was Badocdoc’s father who persuaded his daughter to initiate the settlement proceedings, and that hospital officials met with Badocdoc several times to come up with the terms.

The “settlement of dispute” was dated June 27, and had the signatures of Jasmine Janice Badocdoc, Dr. Florencia Streegan and Dr. Iris Jakosalem of the hospital’s board and Elena Jumao-as, hospital chief nurse, among others.

Mercado recalled he was even surprised that during the settlement proceedings, Badocdoc was not represented by her lawyer, Heidi Orbiso.

“She apparently declined the assistance of her lawyer during the settlement proceedings,” Mercado added.

According to the settlement documents, Badocdoc requested the hospital for financial assistance.

In a text message, Badocdoc’s live-in partner Ryan Noval said that he, too, was surprised by reports of a settlement.

“Try again to derail the truth. You cannot afford to pay us for our integrity, self-respect and principles,” Noval added.

Two days after the settlement proceedings were concluded, the CPCMH immediately transmitted the documents to the Department of Health (DOH) Central Visayas office yesterday.

Lawyer Madyll Robinta, DOH 7 legal officer, confirmed to reporters that they received a copy of the settlement between CPCMH and Badocdoc at 9 a.m. yesterday.

Robinta revealed that the DOH will still authenticate the document.

“Any settlement will not affect the results of the investigation on the cases against the hospital,” Robinta added.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 01, 2014.

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