In a race against time, husband Ricardo Betasola and 16-year-old son Kyle, from Inabanga, Bohol are hoping they could still see Geraldine Lupian Betasola alive shortly before Thursday midnight November 30, said Inabanga Mayor Josephine Socorro Jumamoy during a phone interview with Rappler.
According to a fellow OFW Romorosa Rosales, Geraldine was unconscious when she was rushed to the Prince of Wales Hospital, and according to early reports, it would take a miracle for the 36-year-old mother and domestic helper to survive after sustaining severe injuries in the accident.
“We are praying for Geraldine. We are doing our best in giving full support to the family,” Jumamoy told Rappler. “We consider our OFWs our modern heroes. They deserve our all-out support.”
Ricardo and Kyle’s trip abroad will be their first, with the help pf the local government unit of Inabanga, a town 61 kilometers from the capital city of Tagbilaran.
The father and son never had a Philippine passport, Jumamoy said. The father does not have funds for a plane ticket, so the LGU stepped in and provided everything for the father and son’s trip, Inabanga Mayor Roygie Jumamoy said.
After the tragic accident on Saturday, it was only on Monday, November 27, that Ricardo and Kyle were able to fly to Manila and started on their passport application process at the central office of the Department of Foreign Affairs, as well as to secure a travel permit for Kyle at the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
“Coming from a remote barangay, they don’t know what to do, or how to obtain a passport and buy a ticket,” shared the mayor. “I assigned staff to assist Ricardo and his son so they could expedite all the requirements and finally fly to Hong Kong on Wednesday.”
“I still don’t know all the details what happened last Saturday. I have been informed that Geraldine is still in critical condition. And we have to do everything so Ricardo and Kyle could see Geraldine in person,” the Mayor said.