NBI 7 nabs alleged abortionist, 4 cohorts

Published May 4, 2021, 9:00 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY – A 38-year-old man tagged by the National Bureau of Investigation-Central Visayas (NBI 7) as an abortionist was arrested and later charged.
Joey Guiragay, a computer programmer, and his four alleged cohorts were arrested last April 29 in separate operations in Talisay and Cebu City.
Also arrested were Gloria Gabutin, 61; Meryteissie Rural, 59; Amparo Gemarangan, 82; and Francisca Rebamonte, 42.
The four women were allegedly the ones who looked for clients and brought them to Guiragay, who would then perform abortions. 
The NBI-7 said the suspects had put up clinics in Talisay and Cebu City.
The clinic in Talisay was purportedly for their high-end market where abortion can be performed for a cost of up to P30,000.
In a press briefing on Monday, NBI-7 regional director Renan Oliva said the clinic in Cebu was for the suspects’ low-end market which charged at least P9,500 for every abortion.
“They offer suction abortion which they pretended to be done by a licensed OBGyne for P30,000. The other package offers a set of abortive pills for P9,500 that can terminate pregnancy,” said Oliva.
Oliva warned that taking abortifacient drugs can cause massive bleeding that can lead to death due to hypovolemic shock.
The suspects created fake Facebook accounts wherein they offer abortions.
In their Facebook postings, a certain Michelle Meyer posed as an OBGyne doctor.
The NBI 7 later found out after a month of monitoring that Guirigay was the one who posed as Meyer.
Charges for intentional abortion under Article 256 of the Revised Penal Code and violation of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 were filed against the suspects.
“Intentional abortion is a crime. Not only the abortionist but also the person who undergoes abortion will be charged,” said Oliva.