Focus on Seat 40 D passenger as search for abandoned baby’s mother continues

September 13, 2010

Officials from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) seeking to identify the mother of “George Francis,” the newborn baby left in a Gulf Air plane that landed in Manila on Sunday, are focusing their search on a woman passenger traveling alone.

“Citing information from Gulf Air, NAIA officials said blood spots were found on seat no. 40-D. A woman, who was traveling alone, was on this seat in the airline’s flight from Bahrain. She was the 80th passenger on the flight,” ABS-CBN reported on Monday.

Spotting, or light bleeding similar to a menstrual period, usually happens during pregnancy and may mean a pre-term birth or a miscarriage.

Officials of NAIA Terminal 1 said that the mother left the plane immediately after landing.

The Aviation Security Group of the Philippine National Police (PNP) has started investigating the incident and authorities are reviewing the CCTV camera recordings and flight manifest.

George Francis, named by airport medical staff based on Gulf Air’s code “GF,” is currently under the care and custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Delia Bawan, assistant regional director for administration of DSWD-National Capital Region, earlier said the mother on board the Manila-bound Gulf Air flight has three months to claim her newborn baby.

“The mother should be able to claim her child within three months as provided by law,” Bawan said in an interview at ANC’s Dateline Philippines on Monday.

DSWD-National Capital Region (NCR) Social Welfare Officer 5 Teresita Valentino said that they “will try to locate the boy’s family for his rightful custody.

“Relatives of the baby may come to DSWD-NCR if they would like to reclaim him. But if nobody would claim him after three months, we will be filing for the issuance of DSWD certificate declaring that baby is legally free for adoption,” she said, quoted by Manila Bulletin.  

No one has claimed the baby yet, she said.




About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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