Missing ABS-CBN woman found, filthy and in shock


BAGUIO CITY, Philippines—Bearing marks of a horrendous ordeal, a missing employee of ABS-CBN network was found in Baguio City Friday night, four days after she disappeared in Quezon City.

Obdulia Ambion-Cruz, 52, “was seen wandering [about]. She couldn’t talk straight and seemed to be in a state of shock,” said Quezon City Police District director Chief Superintendent Richard Albano.

A report from the Cordillera police on Saturday quoted her as saying that she was abducted by “Ilocano-speaking” men on March 18 and was kept blindfolded and taken to a house in Baguio after a long drive.

“When interviewed by [a police officer], Cruz alleged that around 9:30 a.m. … while waiting for a taxi after she paid her bills at the [Bureau of Internal Revenue] office in Quezon City, an unidentified male shoved her into a van,” it added.

Her captors spoke Ilocano in her presence during the ride after she was tied with wire and blindfolded. “They traveled for hours until they reached a house where she was kept in a room,” the report said.

Cruz, however, gave no further details about her ordeal.

Vendors brought “a rain-soaked, untidy and crying woman” to the Baguio police at 6 p.m. Friday, and the woman later identified herself as Cruz, an ABS-CBN network administrative officer.

The woman was wearing a pair of wet jeans, a blouse and jacket, and was taken to a police station where policemen gave her a fresh change of clothes.

Records showed that around 1 a.m. Tuesday, Cruz’s younger sister, ABS-CBN finance officer Angelita Ambion-Lara, went to the QCPD to report that her sister had been missing since 10 a.m. Monday.

Lara said the victim left her office at 9 a.m. Monday to go to the BIR office on Quezon Avenue. A closed-circuit television camera footage at the BIR compound showed that Cruz left at 9:40 a.m.

Police said doctors who examined Cruz indicated she had scratches on her wrists and knees and had to be sedated while doctors monitored her condition at Notre Dame de Chartres Hospital in Baguio.

Reports reaching Albano said that Cruz was found filthy and walking about near The Mansion, one of the most popular tourist spots in the summer capital.

Albano said Cruz’s family went to Baguio as soon as they were informed that she had been found.

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  • muddygoose

    Please, please hunt down the people responsible for this. Our people need to feel safe again.

    • Noel

      Feel safe? Please stop dreaming. Not in the Philippines.

      • muddygoose

        Read your history and understand how bad it was for many other countries that you obviously admire. People who dream achieve great things. People who don’t should just shoot themselves in the head.

      • Noel

        There’s no place that’s safe. Do you want me to shoot you in the head if we meet?

      • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

        muddygoose, huag mo nang patulan. Di matinong caúsap. Halatá namán, eh. Parang nacadroga.

      • muddygoose

        You’re obviously a sissy.

      • Noel

        Sissy doesn’t shoot one in the head above. You only know how to shoot the head below so you’re the sissy.

      • huseng_batute

        Saan ka pupunta? Sa US? Kung saan na nagkakarga ka lang ng gasolina tapos out of nowhere tatamaan ka ng bala? (DC sniper)

        O kaya naman nanonood ka ng sine tapos biglang lalabas si Batman at babarilin ka?(Aurora, CO)

        O kaya yung anak mong nasa school bigla na lang raratratin ng baliw (Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, etc)

      • Noel

        Hindi ba nangyayari sa Pinas ang mga binanggit mo? Nangyari na ba ang Ampatuan Massacre sa US? Kung sa bagay, ilan US Presidents na ang na-assassinate at wala pa kahit isa sa Pilipinas.

      • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

        Eh di lumayas ca dito. At cung ualá ca na dito, huag ca nang bábalic. At huag ca nang magcomento sa mg̃a websites ng mg̃a Filipino lalo na’t di ca na tagá-rito at ualá ca rin namáng inteligenteng sasabihin. Ganún lang casimple.

      • Noel

        At bakit ako lalayas eh ang dami kong properties at investments. Sayang lang ang mga restaurants, hotels and mga condos ko dito.

      • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

        Easy solution: just leave ‘em to us. Only sane people can run businesses and investments. =)

      • Noel

        I have executives running my companies for me. I monitor by remote control. Inggit ka lang.

      • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

        ¿Baquít acó maíinguit eh acó ang pínacamayamang táo sa buóng mundo?

      • http://twitter.com/retoot aris alfaro

        …haha good one, pepe.

      • huseng_batute

        Yung sa Maguindanao, hindi pangkaraniwan yun, alam ng mga tao na delikado. Election time and that place is a known hotspot. Puro private armies nga dun, eh. Kaya nga mga babae ang ipinadala nila.

        Yung sa US, they are going about their daily routines. Doon wala kang idea kung saan at kailang mangyayari ang ganung karahasan.

        At least dito sa atin pwede kang umiwas sa mga lugar na magugulo. At ang mga baliw hindi nakakakuha ng assault weapons.

      • Noel

        May point ka rin. Sa Pilipinas, nagnanakaw at pumapatay ang mga tao dahil sa kahirapan pero sa US dahil sira ulo. Pero aminin din natin na ang mga krimen ngayon ay dahil din sa droga. Talamak ang droga sa atin kaya karumal-dumal ang mga krimen.

      • huseng_batute

        Yup. Wala talagang place na absolutely safe. But for me, I still feel safer here in the Philippines.

  • okabato

    Style ng budol budol gang iyan siguro she was wearing jewelries that attracted the gang she was lucky to be alive a lot of others in Cavite and Cagayan were killed and dumped by the roadside.

  • $18209031

    Ilocandiong syndicate gang mga ito. Dios ko po, ano naman ang nangyayari sa Sambayanan ?

  • disqus_CudSy1ZeHQ

    Stupid acticle, VOTE FOR CHIZ ESCODERO…..

    • david

      stupid comment

      • pedronimo


    • phipher filipino


      • huseng_batute

        Plural na ang “you”, wala na dapat yung “kayo”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BV6DWTSUHKJGFANJJ5P3WPPTQM Paul

    totoo kaya ito o palabas lang ng abs-cbn na mahilig gumawa ng kwento?

  • tulironghenyo

    Motibo? Ano ang motibo? Abangan…

  • dodot24

    Lesson on this abduction … don’t trust a Ilocano Man.

    • JoyVi

      Are they Ilocano? Not sure but her father ran but lost for mayor in Quezon Province in 2010 elections…

      Christine Pujeda Perez is a collaborator of her parents – Fred and Lita Pujeda of the Tierra Pura, QC fame.

      Why, she knows all transactions pertaining to their family businesses – towing in STAR tollway, trucking in QC, real estate buy and sell in QC among others..

      She is well aware of the modus operandi, even condoning dishonesty playing a major role in cheating clients.

      Why, she would disobey the hands that feed her and her family?!

      Utterly shameless.

      • Noel

        Good point. Her job is with ABS-CBN. Why was she the one working on employees’ tax returns even if they claim she only helped by paying the taxes? Could she be a fixer and stepped on some big people’s feet?

  • http://twitter.com/erncastillo ern

    balita ba to o upcoming teleserye?

  • pedronimo

    Thank God she is alive but the story is open-ended. The public doesn’t know why she was abducted, if it was for money, for sex, or for whatever reason. The report is just a little better than nothing,

    • andresa igbac

      masyado kang nagmamadali. magbabakasyon ka ba? antayin mo muna imbestigasyon.

      • pedronimo

        Readers should be vigilant of the truth. Ikaw seguro hindi pa nai=inio sa Ampatuan case. Syempre yung moptive ay importante. Ayaw mo bang malaman kung bakit dinukot siya? Basta dinukot lang, tapos? hahahaha

    • buttones

      It might be the case that being in such a state as she apparently was it will take a while for her to recover and tell the full story–at present it seems there is just a basic reporting. Clearly there was a motive for these Neanderthal creatures to abduct the woman, I doubt it’s rape she’s too high profile, pick a girl from the gutter and it’s hardly news…Robbery? I don’t think so, it’s something else.. We shall have to wait and see. It makes one wonder what goes through the alleged ’minds’ of animals like this who could do such a thing doesn’t it.

  • bugoybanggers

    Next time, should an employee from GMA 7 then followed by ABC 5.

  • boybakal

    Let’s be thankful to God that she is alive.

    • Noel

      Alive but what? If she was brutally abused and raped; lost her sanity, then she’s as good as dead.

      • boybakal

        Well, that is another story.
        Alive is better than dead. Just stop your imagination.
        The good news is…she is alive ang there is story to tell.

  • $18209031

    She is a hot mama with glittering jewelry. No wonder she attracted the eyes of Ilocandio Kriminals.

  • boybakal

    Akala ko ang mga Ilocano Kuripot, Mandurukot ng tao na rin pala.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002207384387 Andrei Mendoza

      wala na raw kasing maipon na pera, kaya’t mandudukot muna para maging kuripot ulit sila..

  • boybakal

    She was abducted by “Ilocano-speaking” me…

    Beware….once you heard an Ilocano speaking, call 911.
    If Bisaya speaking….don’t panic stay calm.

    • ranjoranido

      tama, ilocano eh. hahahahaha di mapagkatiwalaan. bisaya umm ganun din.

      • tonygadoy

        Racistang bugok na uigok ka. Akala mo may talino ka na dahil sa may nai post ka na komento. Bakit ano ba lahi mo? Utak mo nakababad sa unidoro. Ranjo Ranido pangalan mo? Baka Mabajo Unidoro mas bagay sa yo.

  • Ping Gonzales


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QRUBOEY3DZGKKRJATVGLFTVNRY Karung

    Not surprising, Its an everyday occurrence in the Philippines.

    • catmanjohn

      The death penalty is a necessary evil, and will reduce the proliferation of scum. Imagine that happening to your wife, sister, or daughter

      • buttones

        “ A necessary evil..” But do you think it is, an ‘evil’ ? And is the death penalty a deterrent anyway? I rather more advocate a system that incarcerates the offender for life, during which time he/she is used as an unpaid lackey for the benefit of those who feed the offender, breaking very large rocks into smaller ones to pave our roads for example, sewing the uniforms of our PNP and AFP another idea- being used for experimental new drugs another one.. So many areas we can use the scum of our society to benefit all of us. Would this pass Human Rights muster, the limp wristed liberal left, the namby pamby crowd? No I doubt it…

  • Pancho.Abby

    How come that in the website of ABS-CBN there’s no mention of this news?

    • phipher filipino


  • boybakal

    Obdulia Ambion-Cruz, 52, “was seen wandering [about]. She couldn’t talk straight and seemed to be in a state of shock,”

    Proper description would be….Disoriented and incoherent.
    Lack of proper words.

  • anu12345

    Many Filipinos still pay bills in person?

  • Noel

    She was most likely raped. At 52, she looks pretty. Surprisingly, the media especially ABS-CBN do not talk much about the incident unlike other victims.

  • randyaltarejos

    Di man lang nakasigaw nung oras na yun? Nalusutan na naman ang mga pulis natin. As far as I’m concerned, vans that are heavily tinted must be flagged down and checked by roving cops. But the PNP doesn’t care anymore.

  • matalino matalino

    The gun ban must be lifted immediately. I know some people with permits to carry guns na binaril o kaya hinoldap o kaya kinidnap or worse pinatay- because of such gun ban.
    Me? I always carry three guns- 2 subcompact 40 caliber glock and one compact 40 caliber glock. I don’t care about the gun ban- either makulong o mamatay.

  • siegfeil

    Readers, be careful of this gang, out of nowhere they just come out to drag you and ask for you ATM, where your money and jewelries are kept. A relative of mine in her late 50’s was a near victim of these demons. Usually they target women in their 50 and up, sometimes they introduce themselves as a former acquaintance, a long lost relative etc. and invite you for a ride.

  • tarikan

    Most people in the Philippines still pay bills in person, still wash clothes by hand, naliligo patabu-tabo, igib ng tubig imbak sa drum and to think that people have gone to the moon and back. Welcome to the 18th century Filipinas or Pilipinas (?).

    • muddygoose

      I still pay bills in person and wash some of my clothes by hand. But I have a 50Mbps connection to the Internet and use a smartphone to catch the bus. So what? Next year, you’ll be complaining that people still use feature phones or rent DVDs.

  • boybakal

    With almost one hundred million filipinos, it is an animal world.
    Nobody cares anymore….as long as one survive.
    Survival to eat and live.

  • CyberPinoy

    Bring back Death Penalty !!! NOW !

  • Johnny

    Inutil ung mga namumuno kaya nangyayari itong ganito. Wala ng kinakatakutan sa atin.

    Di magbabago ang pinas kapag di nagbago ang mga voters.

  • TMZPinoy

    Dapat talaga magtrabaho ng husto mga pulis natin. Ang problema kasi mga pulis natin ay kulang sa pagsasanay.Meyroon tayong Philipine National Police Academy sa Cavite at Philippine Military Academy sa Baguio pero pag na pwesto na sila hindi ginagamit ang napag aralan sa Academy…lahat sila biglang yaman sa pwesto dahil may mga lingohan na collections sa mga “gambling operators”,Bar’s and nigh clubs,Videoke Clubs, Massage parlors.etc…Ang lingohan ng mga yan umaabot ng P50K-P150K..sa hepe pa lang yun..eh Papano kung PNP Chief ka na…di lahat ng DD all over the nation may buwanan at lingohan din…actually sa PNP may “PABAON” sysytem pa rin na hindi alam ni Pnoy sa Malacanang Palace. Yan ang pag aralan ninyo papano matitimbog mga lingohan at buwanan na “protection na lagay”.

  • Denzel Boksingero


  • Denzel Boksingero

    You’re the reverse of eat!

  • pedronimo

    Pls. bawal umihi dito sa Inquirer.

  • pammisymonds

    same to you…. ;)

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