ROY NARRA over at The Manila Times recently ran a story about a Filipina who tried to win back her ex-boyfriend with witchcraft. Oftentimes you hear the well-worn cliché, “Only in the Philippines.” “Filipina Uses Facebook ‘Witch’ to Win Back Ex-Boyfriend” is another prime example.
Superstitious Beliefs Abound in the Philippines
First of all, some background. Many Filipinos are superstitious, my own wife of over 18 years included. Aswangs (flying shape-shifter witches), duwendes (invisible elves that will hurt you if you accidently pee on one), and kapres (giants that live in trees) are a few of the creatures that inhabit the Philippines. Oh, and let’s not forget “The White Lady” a female ghost.
I hesitate to call any of these strange phenomena “mythical.” My asawa, along with many other Pinoys and Pinays, also are believers.
That said, a Filipina, Bernadette San Juan, desperate to win back an ex-lover, posted on Facebook in April 2018 that she was trying to win back her ex-boyfriend and wanted to find out how.
Responding to the post, a Jhane Mendoza said she knew someone who could mix a love potion in exchange for money.
San Juan initially sent P2,718.66 ($54.37) for the materials needed for the love potion and for the “Orasyon” or prayer. Why charge such an odd amount like P2,718.66 is puzzling to me but it must have something to do with “witchcraft” rates, I imagine.
And Herein Lies the Rub
Mendoza then demanded another P50,000, 1,000 US Dollars, as balance for her alleged services and that of a certain Luz.
San Juan said the amount ballooned to P66,675.66 ($1,333.51) even though nothing was happening.
The suspect then demanded P80,000 as payment for another ritual and threatened the victim that if she did not comply, she was going to perform witchcraft on her and her ex-boyfriend. Don’t you hate it when witches get greedy?
Mendoza also intimidated San Juan, saying that she would start a scandal and would pin the blame on the victim.
Then another threat from the scammer. Mendoza said that she would ask help from village officials and send police from Pangasinan to arrest her.
Victim Calls in the Police
San Juan wised up. The police were contacted. The Regional Special Operation Unit-National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) conducted an entrapment operation for the suspect, Jhane Mendoza, at a fast food chain at Barangay Karuhatan Monday noon when she was arrested following a complaint filed by Bernadette San Juan. (Karuhatan is located the city of Valenzuela, Metro Manila.)
Mendoza, is currently under the custody of RSOU-NCRPO and faces charges for robbery, extortion and intimidation.
No word yet on whether she has put a curse on the police who arrested her.