Last week, an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who arrived from Amman, Jordan made headlines after leaving her 3-month-old son with a stranger who offered her and the baby a place to temporarily stay in Metro Manila – but she has now changed her mind and wants her baby back; though she denied abandoning her son.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News, 36-year old Vilma Pacibas Lastima denied that she abandoned her son, saying she only left him with Mercy Pasacao Buenaobra to run some errands but the woman wasn’t there when she got back.
After failing to locate Buenaobra in the airport, she decided to just take the connecting flight bound for her home in Maco, Davao del Norte even without her son. But now that she heard on the news that the boy was turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), she plans to fly back to Manila to get him back.
She said she also has the child’s original travel documents to prove that she’s his mother.
But Lastima’s sister-in-law Joy Detros has a different story to tell. According to her, Lastima never told them about the missing baby. In fact, they didn’t even know she got pregnant in Jordan. It was also revealed that Lastima is separated from her husband but has a child from that relationship.
When the family discovered from the news that Lastima had left a child at the airport, they calmly asked her about it but the OFW denied that she had a child in Jordan and had left the boy with a stranger at the airport. Detros believes Lastima has a huge problem but the latter eventually admitted that it was, indeed, she who left that boy at the airport.
Airport General Manager Ed Monreal told ABS-CBN News that they are willing to help Lastima get back her son by coordinating with the DSWD if ever she plans to get back to Manila to retrieve the boy.