Ma gives signature samples

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014


JASMINE Badocdoc yesterday presented to the media a piece of paper containing three samples of her signature to prove that these are different from the one that appeared in the agreement she supposedly signed with the Cebu Puericulture Center and Maternity House (CPCMH).

Badocdoc has denied she agreed to amicably settle the controversy involving the CPCMH nursery personnel who alleged put a strip of medical adhesive tape on her newborn son’s mouth.

Badocdoc said she made the three signatures in front of two members of the Regional Subcommittee for the Welfare of Children (RSCWC), which released yesterday its findings on the taped baby incident.

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Lawyers Dante Jadman of the Commission on Human Rights 7 and Alan Felix Macaraya of the National Telecommunication Commission 7, who both sit in the RSCWC, said they found some differences in the signature samples Badocdoc made in front of them and the one in the settlement agreement.

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Badocdoc also denied receiving a five-figure financial assistance from the hospital after signing the settlement of dispute agreement.

“Sana binigyan nalang nila kami nang P50 million para makapagawa kami nang bagong hospital (They should have given us P50 million so we can build a hospital of our own)," she said in jest.

She said during a press conference yesterday that she went to CPCMH to get a copy of her child’s birth certificate.

She said she was first approached by a security guard who asked for her signature but she refused. She said she later gave the hospital her signature when she claimed her child’s Certificate of Live Birth.

CPCMH lawyer Cornelio Mercado said two members of the hospital’s board were present during the signing of the settlement agreement. “How could we lie? Dr. (Iris) Jakosalem and Mrs. (Florencia) Streegan will not lie because they witnessed the signing of the settlement,” he added.

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He criticized Badocdoc for lying about the amicable settlement. “How can they afford to lie before the media?”

He said they have a security camera footage showing Badocdoc inside the hospital on June 27, the date on the settlement agreement.

But the video only shows Badocdoc in front of the hospital's cashier.

Badocdoc challenged the hospital to show pictures or video of her signing the settlement agreement.

Mercado earlier said they welcome the filing of a falsification complaint to clear the issue.

Badocdoc also denied the allegation that it was her father who persuaded her to settle. She said her father had been urging her to sue the hospital.

Jadman said that it would be up to Badocdoc and her partner Ryan Noval to decide if they would file a case against the hospital over the latest development.

Noval, in a separate interview, said filing a falsification complaint is not their priority for now. He said they want to act first on the putting of adhesive tape on their baby’s mouth.

Cebu City Councilor Gerardo Carillo told news reporters that the City Government can file a case against CPCMH even if Noval and Badocdoc chose not to take legal action.

“Whether or not the parents settled their case with the hospital, it doesn't erase the criminal action … the City may pursue (the case) or any government agency for that matter,” he added.

He said witnesses who submitted testimonies during the investigation can be used in the filing of a case even without the baby’s parents as complainants. He said witnesses may be compelled to appear before the court.

He said settlement only covers the civil liability of the hospital to the parents.

But Mayor Michael Rama wants the City Legal Office to study the case first. He said the CHR is in the better position to act on the issue.

The fact-finding report of the RSCWC recommended the filing of criminal, civil and administrative cases against CPCMH over the alleged taping of the Noval baby’s mouth.

The report found that the personnel responsible for the newborns “failed to observe the standard of care required of them.”

In another development, Geralyn Bacalla approached the RSCWC yesterday claiming her infant daughter died under the care of CPCMH last March.

She said she gave birth last March 2 to a premature baby at the CPCMH. She said her child had to remain in the hospital due to sepsis and urinary tract infection (UTI).

Her daughter died 10 days later.

Jadman said that it is up to the RSCWC if it would investigate Bacalla’s allegation.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 02, 2014.

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