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‘SAVAGE GIRL’ FALLS

Liezyl Margallo, at 23 years old, looks like any normal Filipina you meet in the street.
Behind that seemingly innocent look, however, lurks a very disturbed and monstrous past that kept her on the run for nearly two years.

Margallo is an alleged notorious child trafficker who helped run a gruesome international cyberpornograhy trade. She has 16 pending arrest warrants in Cagayan de Oro City for purportedly luring female street children and young scavengers into her fold, forcing them to perform appalling sexual acts, torturing them and even killing one of the kids, while videotaping these children.

The woman was nonchalantly strolling along the shoreline of the famed Malapascua Island off the mainland northern Cebu town of Daanbantayan when agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) pounced on her past noon on Wednesday.

Her live-in partner and alleged cohort, Peter Gerard Scully, an Australian, was arrested by the NBI in Malaybalay, Bukidnon, in February 2015 and now jailed in Cagayan de Oro City.

Worst video

Scully and Margallo reportedly conspired in enticing poor kids in Mindanao to go with them. A video provided by the Dutch police showed a naked one-year-old girl who was hung upside down with her hands tied and legs drawn apart.

The girl, known in the video as “Daisy,” was crying nonstop while being tortured and sexually assaulted by a masked older girl later identified as Margallo.

The attacker on the video repeatedly whipped the toddler with a belt, placed a duct tape on her lips to silence her cries and dropped hot wax from a melted candle on her private parts.

The film clip, described by the NBI as the “worst video” they have seen in their years of campaign against child pornography, used at least nine children, including a 12-year-old girl, whose remains were exhumed in Scully’s apartment in Surigao City.


The eight remaining victims, aged one to 12 years old, were rescued in 2015 and are currently under the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Cagayan de Oro City. Two other victims were also rescued by the police in another operation.

“It was too much. There are really just some people who are not afraid of God. Children were treated like dolls. They were tortured and exposed to too much pain. Anyone who do that is not normal. I could not help but cry when I saw the video,” said lawyer Janet Francisco, head of the Manila-based NBI Anti-Human Trafficking Division (AHTRAD), in a press conference at the NBI-7 office in Cebu City yesterday.

Margallo was presented to the media, but she refused to say anything.

NBI-7 Director Patricio Bernales said Margallo will be flown to Cagayan de Oro City today where she will face charges for violating Republic Act 9995 or the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009; Republic Act 9610 or the Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act; and Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.

Since the victims are minors, the offense falls under qualified trafficking — a non-bailable offense.
If convicted, she and her live-in partner face life imprisonment and a fine of P2 million to P5 million.
‘Agay’

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The controversial videos uploaded on the internet by Scully sparked a global manhunt for the video producer.

The Interpol, an intergovernmental organization facilitating international police cooperation, first noticed that one of the girls on the video was Visayan-speaking.

“The girl exclaimed ‘agay’ (ouch) while she was being maltreated. A Filipino member of Interpol noticed the Visayan word and from there, they zeroed in their investigation in the Philippines, particularly in the Visayas and Mindanao area,” said NBI-7 Assistant Director Dominador Cimafranca.

After Scully’s arrest in 2015, law enforcers focused on finding Margallo, who was very elusive, having transferred from one place to another to elude arrest.

The NBI tracked down Margallo with the help of the Australian Federal Police. And on Wednesday, NBI-7 agents led by Cimafranca finally spotted Margallo in a resort on Malapascua Island with two British nationals.

‘Savage girl

“If I were to describe her (Margallo), I would call her a ‘savage girl’ for what she has done to the kids. I think that description fits her,” Cimafranca said.


He said Margallo first identified herself as Shannon Carpio. But when shown a copy of the arrest warrants and her picture, Margallo admitted she was the same person being pursued by authorities.
Recovered from her possession were a laptop and a cell phone which will be submitted to forensic examination by the NBI.

The two British nationals were invited at the NBI-7 office but were immediately released after they presented documents to prove their legal stay in the country. [Read Full]
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