Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal yesterday expressed willingness to provide all kinds of assistance necessary and possible should the mother of the baby who was abandoned at the NAIA recently changes her mind and would want to get the kid back.
In an interview, Monreal said he is hoping that the mother, Vilma Lastima, 36, an overseas Filipino worker (OFW), will be reunited with the baby boy, who is only three months old.
Monreal also dismissed reports suggesting that charges will be filed against Lastima, stressing that his main concern at the moment is to have the baby reunited with his mother.
The baby, who is now in the custody of the social welfare department, was left by Lastima to Myrna Bonaobra, 36, of Montalban, Rizal, at past 9 a.m. Friday morning. Lastima arrived from Jordan at around 11 Thursday night on board Etihad Airways flight EY 428.
Lastima reportedly spent the night at the NAIA Terminal 1 arrival extension along with the baby, until she met and befriended Bonaobra who happened to be at the said terminal to pick up an arriving friend from Taiwan.
Bonaobra then relented to a request made by Lastima for her to look after the baby for a while, saying she will just accompany a friend somewhere and will be back soon.
To gain Bonaobra’s trust, Lastima left her passport and the baby’s travel documents as well. Bonaobra, on the other hand, gave her cellphone number to Lastima so she can contact her if she is already on her way to get the baby back.
Thus, the boy was left to the care of Bonaobra before 10 a.m. at the NAIA 1’s extension arrival. Bonaobra waited for Lastima to return and when she was still nowhere in sight at already 2:30 p.m. and did not make any call, Bonaobra sought assistance from the airport police.