AS A graduate of management accounting, Melissa Londres knew her way around numbers. She did not think they mattered so much in her relationship.
“Ika-walo ko niya, pero karon pa siya kasuway og long-term (relationship) (I am his eighth girlfriend, but this is his first long-term relationship),” she told reporters yesterday about Philip Winfred Almeria, her partner of two years. “Ako ang iyang pinakaseryoso ug pinaka pinalangga gyud. Pinangga man gyud ko (This is his most serious relationship. He cherishes me).”
But the relationship between the two call center employees began to turn sour in the early part of last year. Almeria said he got fed up with his girlfriend’s jealousy.
“Malain na siya kon makit-an ko niya kuyog sa mga babaye (She would feel bad when she saw me with other women),” he said.
Almeria said he eventually ended their relationship, but Londres refused to believe it was over.
Last December, she said, she thought of stealing a child. She then filed for a maternity leave.
“Mao ra man akong way nga dili ko niya biyaan kon dunay bata (Having a baby was the only way I could convince him not to leave),” said Londres.
Past noon last Monday, she walked into the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) wearing white scrubs that she had bought from a mall in downtown Cebu City. She then stole Prince Niño Celadenia. She led his parents to believe she was a nurse and that she was only going to give the infant an anti-dengue shot.
Investigators said that Londres had tried to walk inside a birthing hospital beside VSMMC, but security guards prevented her. She then went to VSMMC.
After stealing the boy, she rode a taxi to a mall and changed her clothes. She then went back to Sitio Fatima.
Almeria said he was stunned when Londres brought a baby boy to his rented house in Sitio Fatima, Barangay Lahug, Cebu last Monday afternoon.
Londres’s mother Mary Jane said she was informed by her daughter through a text message about the birth of the boy.
Mary Jane said she went to Almeria’s house past 10 a.m. last Tuesday and returned to their home in Tipolo, Mandaue City past 4 p.m.
Three hours later, the police arrested her daughter and Almeria.
“Abi nako akong apo. Ako sad siyang gikugos uy (I thought he was my grandson. I held him),” said Mary Jane.
Londres said she had a miscarriage sometime in July last year.
Dr. Rene Obra, a psychiatrist, told Superbalita that Londres might be suffering from depression or delusions, and needs to be evaluated by a psychiatrist.
Too much loss of hormones during childbirth may result in postpartum depression, added Obra. Miscarriages may also cause women to have delusions that they have children.
Londres is the youngest in the brood of three.
Mary Jane could not believe her daughter committed a crime.
“Nabuhat ni niya tungod lang sa gugma anang lakiha (She did this because she loves that guy so much),” she said. “Mabaw ra. Mabaw ra gyud iyang hunahuna (She did not think this through).”
Still, the mother said she is thankful that her daughter did not commit suicide. “Kon maghikog, unsaon na man lang? Di na man makit-an ang kinabuhi (After suicide, what? There’s no coming back to life),” said Mary Jane.