THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will look into reports on abortion services becoming rampant in some areas in Davao City.
NBI-Davao director Arnold Rosales said they earlier received reports on abortion as source of income for a few midwives in the city.
"It is becoming rampant according to some concerned citizens here. The problem, particularly in Boulevard area, abortionist cannot be easily caught kay dagha'g mata dira. They have several contacts," Lawyer Rosales told SunStar Davao.
The Bureau arrested on Tuesday afternoon a suspected abortionist and her assistant in an entrapment operation in a lodging inn at Km. 11, McArthur Highway, Toril District.
Rosales identified the suspects as Jeanette Orellanida Sandoy, who lives in Bago Gallera, and her assistant Matilde Banzon Fernandez, a resident of Toril District.
Both were brought before the Davao City Prosecution Office (CPO) Wednesday afternoon for inquest proceedings.
Sandoy and Fernandez were charged for violation of the Abortion Practice of the Revised Penal Code.
Rosales said the operation stemmed from a tip by a concerned citizen that a certain "Jane" has been operating an abortion clinic in the city.
"Sandoy, who is a licensed midwife, was reportedly practicing abortion, taking advantage of her scientific knowledge or skill in exchange for money," Rosales said.
Records showed that a deal was hatched with the aid of a man and a woman who had been informants of the NBI.
The initial meeting place was at a fastfood chain in Toril. But since the fastfood chain is under renovation, both parties agreed to meet at a store along Agton Street.
Authorities arrested the accused at 1 p.m. after she received the P3,000 marked money.
Sandoy and Fernandez are currently detained for their proper disposition.
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on July 27, 2017.
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