LAOAG CITY- A fetus was found inside the Chapel of Candles of the St. William Cathedral in Laoag City, Wednesday morning.
According to sampaguita vendor Lolita Agruda, she noticed a suspicious-looking plastic bag inside the chapel.
When she opened the bag, she saw the fetus wrapped in adult diaper. She then called the police to report the incident.
Agruda did not notice who left the fetus, but her fellow vendors reportedly saw a girl who entered the chapel and was carrying a plastic bag.
“Hindi ko nakita talaga pero sabi nila, may nakita silang babae na pumasok na may hawak na bag. Nang lumabas siya, may apat na babae na sumunod na pumasok sa chapel. Nang lumabas sila, kasabay na nilang umalis ng simbahan ang naunang babae,” Agruda said.
(I did not see who left the bag but they said they saw a woman enter the chapel with a plastic bag. Four other women entered the chapel after her. They then left the chapel altogether.)
According to a doctor, the fetus was female, between seven to eight months old.
Police Superintendent Edwin Balles believes the abortion was the result of an unwanted pregnancy by an "irresponsible mother."
“Hindi ito gagawin ng isang responsible parent na sabihin na nating legal na nabuntis o nagkaanak. Malaki ang posibilidad na ito ay unwanted pregnancy, early pregnancy, iresponsable ang nanay nito,” Balles said.
(A responsible parent will not do something like this. There is a possibility that the fetus was a result of unwanted pregnancy or early pregnancy. The fetus had an irresponsible mother.)
Meanwhile, Reverend Father Ruben Abaya felt sad over the incident, especially since abortion is considered a sin by the Catholic church. He advised young people to be careful when they get into relationships.
“When you enter to a friendship, do not go into a sexual relationship right away. Be careful, that’s why we usually try to say to young people," Abaya said.
The baby was baptized and named "Angelita" before the fetus was buried at the Catholic cemetery.