As key thoroughfares in the metropolis remain closed on Friday, another pregnant woman was forced to deliver her child on the street.
Hailing from Tanza, Cavite, Aileen Botokain went into labor and gave birth right on the pavement of Coastal Mall Metro Bus Station in Parañaque City.
Accompanied by her husband Enrique, she was supposed to see her doctor at the Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center for a checkup but their travel was hampered due to the rerouting scheme that ensured quick and safe departure of the delegates of the recently concluded Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.
A vendor at the terminal, who used to work as a midwife helped Aileen give birth. After the delivery, Aileen and her child were brought to the hospital. Enrique said he plans to name their newborn baby girl “Coastaline” in reference to the terminal.
Earlier this week, Lorna Justo gave birth to a baby boy on the sidewalk of Belle Avenue corner Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard in Parañaque after she got caught in traffic chaos purportedly caused by the lockdown for the arrival of foreign dignitaries.
Quezon City’s Senior Police Officer 2 Rizza Rodriguez, who is also a midwife, assisted Lorna. The latter and her baby were then sent to San Juan de Dios Hospital.