Hospital: Voucher, check show ma ‘received aid’

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Thursday, July 3, 2014


THE Cebu Puericulture Center and Maternity House (CPCMH) released yesterday a voucher and a copy of the check that Jasmine Badocdoc allegedly received after signing a settlement agreement with hospital officials.

Copies of the documents were released to the media by CPCMH’s lawyer Cornelio Mercado after Badocdoc denied signing a settlement of dispute agreement and receiving a five-figure amount from the hospital.

Badocdoc and her partner Ryan Noval have accused the hospital’s nurses of putting medical adhesive tape on their newborn son’s mouth. A fact-finding multi-agency body has recommended the filing of criminal, administrative and civil cases against CPCMH over the issue.

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The Bank of Commerce check for P15,423.78 was released on June 27, the same date in the settlement of dispute agreement that bears Badocdoc signature.

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Badocdoc said earlier the signature in the agreement is not hers.

“I'm really amazed why this couple has the guts and temerity to announce and make the people believe that they did not sign the document and no money was received,” Mercado said in a phone interview.

Noval refused to comment on the latest development, saying he will refer the matter to their lawyer.

The check issued by the hospital bears the signatures of Florencia Streegan and Dr. Iris Jakosalem of CPCMH, and is stamped “PAID.” Badocdoc’s signature appears twice at the back of the check.

The voucher for the check, on the other hand, was labeled “request for financial assistance.” It was approved by Dr. Raida Varona, CPCMH medical director.

Mercado said the settlement of dispute agreement is binding. “It puts an end to the dispute and avoids future conflict,” he said.

The agreement states that both parties have waived “the right or cause or causes against each other of any kind or nature (administrative, civil, criminal or special law).”

Mercado said there is no need for the document to be notarized for it to be considered legal.

“The misconception here is that a document must be notarized in order to be binding.

But under the Civil Code, there are only a few documents that need to be notarized like last will and testament, and deed of sale and donation of a lot,” he said. “Do you need other person like a notary public to improve the value of the document?”

Noval’s absence during the signing of the agreement does not affect the document’s validity, he said.

He said that there was no need for the father of the child to be present because Noval and Badocdoc are not married. He added that under the Family Code, the mother has “parental authority” over her illegitimate child.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 03, 2014.

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