4 ‘quack doc­tors’ nabbed

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Mark Roland Ro­mas, USJ-R In­tern/FPL

Four al­leged faith heal­ers were ar­rested by the po­lice in the City of Naga, Cebu af­ter they were ac­cused of dup­ing an 85-year-old pa­tient to cough up al­most P13,000 for heal­ing ses­sions.

The sus­pects were iden­ti­fied as Juan Otero, 49; Leonardo Bar­icu­a­tro, 28; Agnes Juanillo, 38; and Melinda Otero, 46, all res­i­dents of Barangay South Pobla­cion.

“Sa kadugay na namo’g sigeg panam­bal sir, karon pami naka­suway nga nadak­pan,” Melinda said.

She said they were very clear from the start of the trans­ac­tion and the com­plainant agreed to pay re­gard­less of the out­come.

“Mo­tam­bal mi nimo pero wala ni pin­ugsanay kung mo­tuo ka o dili, mao na among sabot,” Melinda re­called hav­ing told the com­plainant.

The com­plainant, Basil­isa Solon, res­i­dent of Guba, Cebu City, agreed to un­dergo sev­eral heal­ing ses­sions. How­ever, her con­di­tion did not im­prove af­ter sev­eral heal­ing ses­sions and de­spite the sup­posed re­moval of for­eign ob­jects from her body.

“Gi­pakita mi nila paghu­man sa 112 ka mga dagom ug murag mga tuyom nga gikan daw sud sa lawas ni lola. Gi­dau­tan lagi daw siya,” said the com­plainant’s grand­son, Ma­teo Bor­res.

Bor­res said they have paid a to­tal of P12,700 to the sus­pects and six chick­ens al­legedly used dur­ing the rit­u­als last Oc­to­ber 25.

“Una, ang ila rang gi­pan­gayo kay P11,200 wala pa nay labot sa unom ka manok ug sa akong gi­hatag nga P1,500. Didto nako nag­duda ka­tong ila nam­ing gi­pan­gayoan og P23,000 para daw sa kandila,” Bor­res said.

Po­lice Of­fi­cer 3 Philip Tab­o­rado said the com­plainant can file charges for estafa against the sus­pects.

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