By NITZ ARANCON,
and NORA SORINO
GSD-Iligan bureau chief .
A POLICE investigator yesterday said there were indications that the “missing” wife of former Iligan mayor and now Phividec Industrial Estate administrator Franklin Quijano ran away from home.
M/Sgt. Gerard Mijares of the Iligan City Police Station 1 said initial investigation showed that Salma Theresa Bersales Gerona-Quijano left her cellphone in their Iligan house and brought with her some clothes.
Mijares said investigators also found out that she resented that she was not invited to the wedding of one of her children.
She was last seen around 10:30 am Thursday last week at Purok 3A, Dao, Hinaplanon in Iligan City.
Ex-mayor Quijano has been asking people to help him locate his wife who has been missing since Thursday last week.
In a phone interview yesterday, Quijano said he last had a face-to-face conversation with his wife on Wednesday last week.
“Open mi sa usa’g usa,” said Quijano, adding that he did not see any signs of distress when they last talked.
He said went to a place where his wife was supposedly seen based on information he received early this week but it turned out that the woman referred to was a different person.
Quijano said his wife may have brought extra clothes with her when she left their house on June 27.
He said he was in Manila when his father-in-law told him that his wife did not come home on June 27 after going out that morning.
He said they had a hard time reconstructing the chain of events leading to his wife’s disappearance because they only have a few people staying in their Iligan residence.
He said he already reported his wife missing with the Iligan City police but has yet to hear from the authorities.
Quijano said that they had no spat before he went to Manila.
He also said he comes home to his Iligan residence from time to time from the Phividec Industrial Estate in Villanueva town in Misamis Oriental.
“We need all your prayers, please pray for my mama,” reads a message posted by Quijano’s son Franklin Xerxes on his Facebook account on Wednesday afternoon.
In another Facebook post, Quijano’s wife’s photo was posted with a message calling for help.
“Hello. Please help me find my loved one,” the message reads in part.
Quijano’s wife was described to have wavy mid-length hair, and 5’1” tall.
“If anyone has seen her or has any information about her, please call 09266110314 (Globe) and 09295475333 (Smart),” reads the message.