By Felipe V. Celino
ROXAS CITY, Capiz – The family of a seafarer who went missing six months ago is seeking the help of a psychic to locate his whereabouts.
The disappearance of Marnel Bulahan remains a mystery on the part of his family who believe he is still alive.
If he really died, according to some residents, the family want to locate his body the reason why they sought the help of a psychic.
A psychic is a person who claims to use extrasensory perception (ESP) to identify information hidden from the normal senses, particularly involving telepathy or clairvoyance, or who performs acts that are apparently inexplicable by natural laws.
Police Captain Leomindo Tayopon, Dumalag Municipal Police Station police chief, said police on February 11, 2021 inspected the place where Bulahan, 46, was last seen alive on October 6, 2020.
Tayopon said they borrowed a K9 sniffing dog from the Philippine Coast Guard to determine if there was a cadaver near Bulahan’s house.
Police also checked and opened the septic tank near the house, but they found nothing.
Tayopon added that they will not stop until the family finds out what happened to Bulahan.
He asked the public to immediately inform the police of any lead that will help the case.
Police initially conducted a Search and Retrieval Operation for 13 days since Bulahan went missing.
The search included personnel of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO)-Dumalag, PDRRMO-Capiz, Philippine Coast Guard-Capiz, BFP-Dumalag, Dumalag PNP, local officials of Barangay Dolores and other volunteers.
The family in October last year sought the help of the authorities as they believe that he is still alive.
Rosemarie Bulahan, 69, of Brgy. Manapao, Pontevedra, asked help from Pontevedra Mayor Esteban Contreras to help them find her son Marnel who allegedly drowned while crossing the river.
Rosemarie said their family also sought the help of the National Bureau of Investigation and other concerned government agencies to find the victim, whether dead or alive.
She said their family does not believe that he drowned because the victim knows how to swim being a seafarer.
She added that her son may have been abducted and killed because his body was never recovered despite massive retrieval and search operations conducted by several volunteers.
Marnel is from Brgy. Manapao Pontevedra and was married to a woman from Brgy. Dolores Dumalag whom he has two children with.
Bulahan, who went home to the Philippines in January 2020, was last seen Oct 6, 2020 in his poultry and piggery farms. He was wearing black short pants, green sando, and white pair of boots.
His family offered a PHP50,000 reward to whoever could find him. The municipal government of Dumalag added another P50,000 reward.
The Bulahan family said any information on the victim’s location could be sent to cellular phone numbers (920) 876-9124 and (916) 754-2193.