For nearly a year, an overseas Filipino worker maintained a long-distance relationship with a 20-year-old girl he met via Facebook, providing for her needs and helping shoulder her tuition.
But when the OFW learned only recently that he had been had, he promptly returned to the Philippines from Australia and sought help from the National Bureau of Investigation.
The NBI arrested the 20-year-old suspect in an entrapment operation at a mall in Davao City Thursday night, GMA Davao reported.
According to the OFW, he met the suspect on Facebook and was led to believe she was a student. She also convinced him to provide for her enrolment fees, tuition and even allowance.
In one instance, she even asked him for money to pay for her hospitalization after she got sick.
But the OFW got suspicious recently after the girl told him she figured in an accident and that her gadgets were stolen. The girl could not show him a police report of the accident.
"Nagrerelasyon sa Internet then later on, na-[find] out ng lalaki na niloloko lang siya. Niloko lang siya dahil pinag-aral pa niya. This girl presented fake na mga document, mga resibo, while nagpapadala ng pera ang lalaki. Ngayon, nalaman niyang hindi na pala nag-aaral ang babae," said NBI Region 11 supervising agent Atty. Archie Albao.
But the suspect insisted it was the OFW who wanted to pursue the relationship and that he insisted on giving her money. She said he even gave her gifts worth P10,000 on her birthday last year.
However, she admitted having fake receipts and documents made. She also said she had no one to turn to after she got pregnant at age 18.
"Siya ang nag-ooffer sa akin, siya ang unang nagcha-chat sa akin para may communication kami hanggang sa nag-decide kami na magkarelasyon kami. Tapos siya ang nagasasabi na anong gusto mong bilhin. Then that time, wala pa akong 18, tapos nabuntis ako, ayaw ko pa sanang sabihin sa kanya. Depressed ako nun at walang matakbuhan dahil hindi pa alam noon ng mama ko kaya naisip kong siya ang lapitan sa mga pangangailangan ko sa financial," she said.
The suspect now faces charges of estafa and is in NBI custody.
For his part, the OFW said he wants the suspect to return all the money she took from him.
"Kung pagpapatawad lang... bayaran mo ako, ibalik mo pera ko. Madali lang magpatawad, return my money," he said. —Joel Locsin/KBK, GMA News