Note: This is an off topic from the usual watwatworld blog posts but I feel I must share the story for everyone to learn from. The father of the victim is a close family relative.
Ericka: the name of the victim, a family member by association, recently turned 15 last July, an active church youth, grade 8 student of Pines National High School was found dead with 21 stab wounds in Pacdal, Baguio City. Gruesome.
We were working last Monday when Ericka’s mother and older sister came to say something. They have been searching and asking for Ericka in their Barangay, close friends, classmates and decided they will go around the city to post a “missing girl” poster. Ericka has been missing for a few days.
When they were at the Pacdal Barangay hall to paste the poster, someone said that the girl on the picture looked like the unidentified body found earlier that day in a mountain side and was brought to La Paz Funeral homes. Crossing their fingers, they went to La Paz to identify the victim and she was Ericka.
The Police examined her body and found out that she was dead for at least three days. That afternoon, the father of Ericka called and told me the sad news. I proceeded to La Paz and saw how devastated they were. Her older sister was crying near the morgue and her father and mother were hugging and crying. It was an unpleasant event to see. After a brief talk with the father, I went downstairs to talk to the investigating officers.
When the Police left, we had to settle with La Paz for two days of “huling paalam”. On Thursday, the body of Ericka will be transported to Laguna, her mother’s hometown.
The Initial Story: Ericka was like any other teenager. Makulit, malambing, maalalahanin. A good sister to her siblings and according to her classmates, funny and mabait. All descriptions were positive. One day, she met someone in Facebook. An older guy. This guy courted her and became her boyfriend. According to her friends and classmates, her attitude changed when she began dating with her “boyfriend”. From being funny and mabait in school, she started to stare away in the middle of the class and sometimes cry in between. Her parents noticed and they found out about the relationship when they saw text message conversations between the two.
The natural reaction of Ericka’s parents and family were to stop the relationship between the two. The parents asked her about the man’s name and according to her, the man’s name was Jay Odellubre, a call center agent. Immediately we did a search online using Google and Facebook and found no one with that particular name useful for identification. The parents continued to ask around and someone said that they saw the man who Ericka was with at the University of Baguio. And so with the help of a Kagawad, they went to UB to do a search and through the records saw the real name of the man was Jason Rebolledo who was 23 years old.
The parents accompanied Ericka to DSWD, Medical exam, Police and filed a case for Seduction of Minor. Allegedly, their relationship started in Facebook with Jayson courting Ericka. A 23 year old courting an 8th grader.
One week after, she went missing. Her parents searched everywhere and even asked the assistance of the Police and the DSWD. Last monday, her body was found at a mountain side at Amsing, Pacdal, Baguio city with multiple stab wounds, 11 on her face.
As of this post, the suspect lawyered up and together with his parents surrendered to the Police. According to Bombo Radyo the suspect Jason Rebolledo has 2 children and his wife is pregnant. ( Naamuan a simmuko itay laeng agsapa ti nasao a suspek a nabigbig a ni Jason Rebolledo, 23-anyos, addaan iti dua nga anak ken masikog pay ti asawana, ken residente sadiay Pacdal, Baguio City. – See more at: http://www.bomboradyo.com/am-stations/baguio/baguio-news/item/71120-update-suspek-a-nangpapatay-iti-maysa-a-balasitang-simmukon#sthash.4PIp6EJb.dpuf) He is now being questioned at the Baguio City Police Office.
Points to Ponder:
1. Ericka’s parents are hard working. The father is a skilled laborer and the mother is a vendor. None of them are alcoholic, on drugs or gamble. They are the usual parents trying hard to survive bring food to the table and keep their kids in school. I saw how they took care of their kids. Urging them to join church activities and trying their best to support the education of their children. Those who know the family can say that the parents are doing their best and it is unfair for people to judge them without knowing the real story. They are not perfect parents but they are trying their best.
2. What happened to Ericka was sad. And most of us agree that she was a victim of teenage love. Probably promised with sweet words used by the suspect. For argument sake that there was indeed a friction of love, it is against norms in this country for a 23 year old to have a “relationship” with an 8th grader. If you are a parent of an 8th grade daughter, will you let her have a boyfriend?
3. Ericka’s parents do not own a computer and so they let their children “research” at the computer shops in their neighborhood and part of their research is the social media we all call FACEBOOK. This social media is good for communication, but sometimes it is also being used by evil minded people.
4. LAWS FOR REGULATION on Computer shops should be implemented specially on the time that minors are allowed to use the internet. No minors should be allowed to stay very late at a computer shop.
To those who would like to visit Ericka’s wake, give moral support to her parents and siblings, Share and Help in the funeral expenses, please visit Chapel E at LaPaz Funeral homes until Thursday, August 14, 2014, 5pm. The family will travel to Laguna by Thursday night.
Special thanks to Councilor Joel Alangsab for the assistance and follow-up, The Investigating Police Officers and the entire Baguio City Police for the vigilance, the DSWD case officers for the advises and support, Congressman Aliping for the Aliping Funeral Service Van, La Paz Funeral homes for the understanding, The Barangay chairmen, kagawads, tanods and residents of Barangays City Camp Proper and Central, Teachers and Students of Pines City National High School, The United Guardians Bayang Pino, The SALAKNIB Guardians City Hall Chapter, PTA Pines National High school, Parents and supporters. To all of you, thank you. We cannot repay your generosity, but the almighty will. God Bless us all.
Here are some photos of Ericka’s friends and school mates visiting her wake. Be the judge.