NBI finds suspected mother of 'plane baby' — Gatdula

September 16, 2010 12:19 pm 

MANILA, Sept. 15 — The suspected mother of a newborn boy left in a trash bin inside a Gulf Air plane which landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City on Sunday was finally found by authorities, the National Bureau Investigation (NBI) said on Wednesday.

NBI Director Magtanggol Gatdula said the bureau's Northern Luzon regional office finally traced and picked up the suspected mother of baby George Francis. Authorities named the baby boy after the Gulf Air’s flight code, “GF.”

While Gatdula confirmed that the bureau's operatives have already picked her up from her house somewhere in Apayao, he said they would still verify if she is indeed the same woman whom authorities are looking for.

He said the woman, whose named was withheld, would be brought to the NBI main office for investigation.

“Our regional office has picked her up in Apayao, somewhere in Luzon. She was convinced by her siblings to go with them to the NBI main office. She would be interrogated here,” he told reporters.

However, Gatdula said they have to first verify if the woman is indeed the one the authorities are looking for before she would be subjected to probe at the NBI main office in Manila.

She may be subjected to psychiatric test depending on circumstances to know her mental and emotional state, according to Gatdula.

Earlier, Atty. Claro de Castro Jr., chief of the NBI Foreign Liaison Division, said they already tapped the help of the bureau’s regional offices to find the mother of the abandoned baby boy.

Reports said authorities were able to establish a lead as to the identity of the mother through the flight manifest of the Gulf Air’s flight 154.

The boy is alive and well when found on Sunday. He is under the care of social workers. (PNA) scs/JES

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