After winning a case against a pedophile in the United States and putting him behind bars, a father like Gab Quebec can only heave a sigh of relief.
Quebec, 38, said it took at least four years of court battle before members of the jury in an American court voted to convict Michael Lindsay for sexually abusing Quebec’s daughter in Manila.
Lindsay, 58, was a frequent traveler to the Philippines and owned a condominium in the Manila area. And during his trips in May and August of 2012, he engaged in sex with a 13-year-old girl.
Quebec learned that his ex-wife, Annaliza del Pilar, allegedly arranged meetings with Lindsay to have sex with the minor while he was in the country for P50,000.
He said he entrusted his daughter to his former wife after they separated in 2012, thinking that del Pilar would be able to raise and take care of their daughter.
Quebec later learned that his ex-wife pimped their daughter to foreigners at the Burgos red light district in Makati City (Metro Manila).
On August 23, 2012, he got information that his daughter was in a hotel in Makati with her mother and other minors.
Quebec immediately went to the hotel with his brother-in-law at 9 p.m. and waited outside the hotel.
He said after an hour, he saw his daughter and the other minors with his former wife coming out of the hotel with Lindsay.
His daughter confessed when he confronted her and later brought her for medical examination to the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Camp Crame in Quezon City.
The PNP advised Quebec to seek assistance from the Bureau of Immigration Interpol section and the United States Embassy in Manila.
Through the PNP, he was able to file a case against Lindsay and del Pilar before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Makati City.
During court hearings, only Lindsay’s lawyer was present.
The lawyer would later offer Quebec P500,000 to settle the case.
Lindsay managed to leave the Philippines during the trial and went back to the United States.
Quebec said the Makati RTC sentenced his former wife to three life imprisonments for 28 counts of child trafficking.
Lindsay was arrested at the San Francisco International Airport on November 8, 2012 by Homeland Security agents when he attempted to return to the Philipines for another visit.
United States Attorney Brian J. Stretch and Ryan Spradlin, Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge, testified before a federal court that Lindsay was travelling with intent, engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places and obstructing justice after Lindsay attempted to tamper with a witness.
Last May 9, Quebec and his daughter traveled from Manila to San Francisco to attend the trial in the federal court in San Francisco with the help of US Homeland Security.
They returned to Manila after the US federal court handed down the sentence against the pedophile and who found Lindsay guilty of travelling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct in the Philippines last May 19, 2016.
According to Quebec, Lindsay was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment and made to pay the maximum fine of $250,000 for each count, plus restitution.