I was able to get an exclusive update from the compassionate group of Filipinos who helped out the Filipino woman who’s drink was spiked with drugs and jumped off a bridge near the Kuala Lumpur International Airport last June 10.
(Read the FULL STORY here: Pinay Roofied in Malaysia Before Jumping a Bridge)
This is a perfect example of what we call in the Philippines “Bayanihan”, wherein a fellow Filipino helps a fellow countryman. Dennis Miguel, Netsky Bueno, Donna Tango and Melissa Khor went to Putra Jaya Hospital just to visit April Botacion, when they were asked by the doctor who was going to take care of April’s hospital bill:
“Kahapon pumunta kami sa ospital, hindi para makialam sa case, pumunta kami sa ospital para lang dalawin ang pasyente.”
(Yesterday we went to the hospital not to intervene with the case, we went to the hospital just to visit the patient.)
Their first thought was to approach the Philippine Embassy to seek for assistance. But they were disappointed when the Philippine Embassy passed them around to different departments until they were rejected in the end. Melissa said:
“Sa huling taong nakausap namin ang sagot ba naman sa amin ay ‘Kung may magagawan po kayong paraan e kayo na po ang (tumulong) kasi kung idadaan pa po yan sa proseso ng Embassy ay matatagalan.’”
(The last person we spoke to said ‘If there’s anything you can do now, you can go ahead and help her because if you’re going to undergo the process from the Embassy it will take a long time.)
Taking care of April’s hospital bill was not an issue for them. They were willing to chip in just to help her out, however their next issue was where to take her once she’s out. According to Melissa, the Embassy has a shelter for Filipinos who needs help:
“So tinawag namin sa Embassy, sige po kami na po ang (sasagot) sa bill nia, ang pinoproblema lang po namin is saan namin dadalhin ang bata. Ang tanong ng isang kasama namin is pwede po ba namin dalhin sa shelter? Ang sagot ba naman sa amin isa sa officer ng Embassy ‘Hindi po siya pwede sa shelter kasi hindi naman po siya OFW’.”
(So we called the Embassy telling them that okay we will shoulder the bill, our problem now is where are we going to bring her. My companion asked if we can bring her to the shelter. The officer from the Embassy told us ‘She can’t stay in the shelter because she is not an OFW.)
However, it’s not only the Philippine Embassy that was causing them headaches. There was apparently a Swedish guy by the name of Nick, who was allegedly raising funds for April. They found out about him via April’s Australian boyfriend in PH. They tried contacting the guy to question about the funds. The guy called back using a private number, which was suspicious. When he found out that April was already discharged from the hospital he suddenly disappeared.
“Gusto ko lang ma-clear (na hindi totoo) yung mga taong nagre-raise ng funds. Okay lang sana kung napupunta sa bata e.”
(I just want to clear (it’s fake) the people who are raising funds. It would’ve been okay if the funds were going to the girl.)
Melissa also cleared that the rumors that April inflicted major fractures and serious injuries are not true. Apart from cuts and bruises, she was not badly hurt, even stating that the doctors in the hospital call her “The Miracle Girl”. April was however taken back to the hospital on the night of June 13 due to bladder bloating. I also asked if it was true that April was drugged, Melissa did not deny the reports and stated that according to the hospital findings she is positive on the drug test:
“Tinanong ko yung doctor talaga kung si April ba ay victim or drug user. Sabi niya ang level ng drugs sa katawan niya ay Level 1, which means na naging biktima lang talaga siya.”
(I asked the doctor if April is a victim or a drug user. The doctor told us that the level of drugs in her body is Level 1, which means she’s just a victim.)
Melissa did not mention where April is staying at the moment, but she guaranteed us that April is currently safe and will hopefully be flying back to the Philippines within the week. She even shared pictures with me showing that April is doing well now:
But Melissa Khor wanted to clear one thing:
“Hindi namin kinukuha ang credit sa pagtutulong kay April. Ngayon kung talaga namang may nagawa ang Embassy, wala naman problema na ibigay sa kanila lahat ng credit. Kaya lang ang problema dun ay kaming lahat ay napahiya sa paglapit namin sa kanila. Hindi ba napakasakit sa part namin na wala na nga kaming natanggap na thank you sa Embassy e krinedit pa nila sa sarili nila na sila ang gumawa. Nasa akin po ang lahat ng mga pinirmahang dokumento ng batang yan mula sa binayaran hanggang sa naipasok uli sa ospital hanggang sa paglabas uli sa ospital.”
(We are not claiming the credit for helping April. Now, if the Embassy indeed did something, there is no problem giving all the credits to them. The problem is we were all humiliated by approaching to them. Isn’t it painful for our part that we didn’t even receive a thank you from the Embassy and yet they took all the credits that they did something. All the signed documents by April is with me, from the payment (of the hospital bills) until she was taken back to the hospital.)
This is a good example of Filipinos helping fellow Filipinos abroad. HOPE IN HUMANITY RESTORED!