Bones in Quiot lot tied to abduction?

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

SOME bones were found in a grassy area in Sitio Bakilid, Barangay Quiot, Cebu City yesterday morning.

Based on the slippers and clothes found near the remains, the Homicide Section of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) believed that the remains belonged to Mariflor Medalla, 6.

Medalla, who was allegedly abducted by her neighbor, Allan Gimongala, was last seen on Oct. 6, 2013.


Medalla’s father, Roque, identified the victim’s slippers, which he had given the child.

But the Homicide Section led by SPO2 Ruth Violango forwarded the skeletal remains to a funeral home and asked them to check if these belongs to a male or female.

Violango said that four children, who were about to defecate in the grassy area, found the remains at 11 a.m. yesterday.

Only the skull and parts of the ribs were found. The remains were found almost 200 meters away from the victim’s house in Sitio Upper Yati, Barangay Quiot.

“Maybe because dugay na to tua didto mao nga gabuwag-buwag na ang parts (Maybe because it had been there for a long time that the body parts are separated),” explained Violango.

Also found along with the victim’s slippers and clothes was a handkerchief.

On Oct. 2013, Roque said they reported the incident to the Punta Princessa Police Station after their child went missing.

Roque said Medalla was last seen along with Gimongola.

Violango said that based on witness’ accounts, on Oct. 6, Medalla was followed by Gimongola into the nearby sari-sari store.

Medalla reportedly told one witness that she would go with Gimongola because he has
lots of candies and that was the last time her parents saw her.

Violango added that Gimongola also left when he learned that he was the suspect in the alleged abduction.

Violango said they will coordinate with the Punta Princessa Police and check the blotter last October.

“We will have to wait for the result of the bone determination so that we will know what to do next,” said Violango.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 27, 2014.

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