Victim defends captor; says he's a good man

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

OUTSIDE the Regional Trial Court Branch 59 in Toledo City yesterday morning, the alleged victim of cult leader Casiano Apduhan argued with her older sister and mother.

Emma Bocabal Nepomuceno defended her decision to stay with Apduhan when confronted by her mother, Alicia, and sister, Gina Bocabal Baflor.

The three women were waiting for the hearing related to the serious illegal detention case against Apduhan to start.


The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 and the Cebu Provincial Women’s Commission filed the case against Apduhan accusing the latter of illegally detaining Nepomuceno in his villa in Barangay Buanoy, Balamban.

But Nepomuceno denied in her sworn statement that she was detained by Apduhan. She even returned to Apduhan’s house during the Holy Week.


“Akoa man ning kagustohan nga di magpakita ninyo tungod sa akong kahiubos ninyo (It is my decision to hide from you because you disappointed me),” Nepomuceno told her mother and sister.

Alicia lamented that Nepomuceno stayed away.

“Sobra ka ka pinangga namo. Bisag wa ko, magpaka-anaa ko para nimo. Unya imo kong anaon (We care for you. Even if I have nothing, I always found a way. Yet, this is how you treat me)?” mother asked daughter.

Alicia touched Nepomuceno’s shoulder and wiped her tears.

Baflor pointed out to Nepomuceno that she can't find peace in Apduhan's residence.

Nepomuceno told them that they should not be afraid of Apduhan, whom she referred to as Tatay Boy, and his family because they are kind to her.


“Maayong tawo si Tatay, nay (Tatay is a good person),” she said.

The three women later embraced. Their confrontation was cut short after they were told that RTC Branch 59 Judge Hermes Montero will start the hearing.

Inside the court, Baflor sat beside Nepomuceno. They were not speaking to each other.

Later, Baflor went outside to join their mother, father, and other sister.

Nepomuceno, in an interview, said she will visit her mother tomorrow, Mother's Day.

“Wa man ko magputol og communication nila (I did not stop talking to my family),” she said.

In a separate interview, Baflor said they will not surrender Nepomuceno to the Apduhans.

She said Nepomuceno was persuaded to stay away with Apduhan believing she has been given the power to heal the sick.

Nepomuceno denied these, including the rumor she bore a child with the suspected cult leader. She said her disappointment started after her family fought over her separation from her husband, who worked abroad as a welder.

She tried to find her husband for a year, but to no avail. She then learned her husband was having an affair with another woman.

“Kahibawo mo wala na ko padad-i sa akong bana, niingon mo ‘asa na man na
siya mokaon?’ (When you learned that my husband did not give me money, you said ‘where will she eat?’),” Nepomuceno told her mother during their argument.

She said Baflor and her mother should have visited her when they learned she was in Apduhan's residence.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 11, 2014.

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