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.

  • 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


  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • $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.

  • Ping Gonzales


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

    Not surprising, Its an everyday occurrence in the Philippines.

  • Pancho.Abby

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

  • 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.

  • 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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