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A happy Marichu Villegas shows her baby she named Erika in honor of Gingoog Mayor Erick Cañosa who helped in finding her kidnapped daughter and in catching a suspect. The baby was snatched from her on Sunday and found on Monday night. (photo courtesy of the Gingoog City Information Office)

Villegas names her rescued baby Erika to honor Cañosa

By EDWIN IYO
Correspondent .

THE mother of the baby girl that was snatched from her mother’s side over the weekend and found Monday night decided to name her child “Erika” in honor of Gingoog’s mayor.

A happy Marichu Villegas shows her baby she named Erika in honor of Gingoog Mayor Erick Cañosa who helped in finding her kidnapped daughter and in catching a suspect. The baby was snatched from her on Sunday and found on Monday night. (photo courtesy of the Gingoog City Information Office)

The 33-year-old mother Marichu Villegas acknowledged the efforts of Mayor Erick Cañosa to bring her baby back to her.

“Dako akong kalipay nabalik kanako ako anak tungod sa tabang ug paningkamot ni Mayor Erick, ug tungod niini, akong ingalan sa akong anak ‘Erika’,” said Villegas said.

Erika was born 8:30 pm on Aug. 30 at the Puriculture Birthing Center. She was kidnapped early moning of Sept. 1 while Villegas was asleep.

Shortly after a couple found the baby crying near a pig pen Monday, the baby was brought to the police station.

The suspect, 20-year-old Richard Bernades, was arrested at around 8:30 pm Monday. He was then charged with kidnapping and illegal detentionon Wednesday.

Cañosa said he would award city police director Col. Ariel Philip Pontillas, and reward Regidor and Nancy Precillas, the couple who found the baby, with P15 thousand as promised.

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