Sarah Balabagan, who made headlines when she was jailed in the United Arab Emirates in 1994 for murdering her abusive employer, ended over the weekend all speculations surrounding her involvement with news anchor Arnold Clavio, saying he is the father of her eldest child.
“Ang ama po ng panganay ko ay yes, si Arnold Clavio po," said the former Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in a Facebook live video.
Sarah made the revelation in response to a viral post about Arnold wherein her name was mentioned.
“Kaya ko po ginagawa ito ay dahil po after 22 years na po na pangyayari sa buhay ko, ito na naman. Lumabas na naman. Sabi nga nila, walang bahong hindi lalabas. Naisip ko po, hindi po ako nalungkot para sa sarili ko, dahil sa totoo lang po, by God’s grace, nakapag-move on na po ako. Masaya na ako sa buhay ko ngayon,” explained Sarah, who said that she asked for the consent of her husband and family first before speaking up because she respects them.
“Paano ‘pag wala na rito ako sa mundo? Tapos hindi ko ito itinama, ikinorek? Baka mamaya maging multo pa ito sa mga anak ko,” she added.
In the video, Sarah dispelled rumors that former Philippine Ambassador to UAE Roy Señeres fathered her first child. According to her, it was the late Filipino statesman who actually helped her while she was pregnant.
“Alam niyo po, si the late ambasador Roy Señeres, siya po ‘yung tumulong sa akin. Ang pamilya po niya ang tumulong sa akin nu’ng mga panahon na ako ay nabuntis. At para hindi kumalat sa public, para hindi masira ‘yung image ko noon, image noong taong ‘yon, ay itinago ako, kinupkop po ako nila Ambassador Roy Señeres,” she revealed.
“Ang nakakalungkot, binabaliktad na siya raw ‘yung ama,” she continued.
Sarah went on to share that she met Arnold when the broadcaster was exclusively covering her murder case.
“Kaya po kami naging close. Ngayon po, sa lahat ng mga nakakakilala personally kay Arnold Clavio, alam niyo po kung gaano po siya ka-kenkoy. Hindi lamang po ‘yung mukha niya kung hindi po ‘yung... talagang ‘yung sense of humor niya. Kahit ‘pag umiiyak ako, kahit malungkot ako, napapatawa niya po ako. So, just imagine po, na galing ako sa kulungan. Kung gaano po ako ka-vulnerable noon,” she said.
“Siya po ‘yung isang tao na kauna-unahang pagkakataon na nag-pasyal sa akin sa Maynila. Siya rin po ‘yung kauna-unahang tao na nagyaya sa akin na manood ng sine sa Maynila. So ako naman po, tuwang tuwa. ‘Napakabait naman ni kuya Arnold.’ Marami pa pong kwento pero ayaw kong i-kwento ngayon,” she added.
“‘Yun lamang po. Inaamin ko na si Arnold Clavio po ‘yung [ama ng] panganay ko pong anak. Alam ko po nagkasala po ako, at saludo po ako sa kanyang maybahay, sa kanyang asawa dahil noong malaman niya ‘yung totoo, talagang sinuportahan niya si Arnold,” she went on, referring to Arnold’s wife, Charlene, with whom he has three kids.
“Siya pa po ‘yung nag-reach out sa akin sa Messenger at nag-message siya sa akin. Ito ang sabi niya sa message, ‘Sarah, I forgave you.’”
Watch her full video below:
Sarah, now 41, was only 14 when she worked abroad. Using a fake passport, she got a job as a domestic helper for a 67-year-old widower with four sons at the United Arab Emirates.
Sarah alleged that she became the subject of unsolicited sexual advances by her employer. She stabbed him to death 34 times, saying he tried to rape her and that she was acting in self-defense.
She was initially sentenced to death but the sentence was reduced to a year in jail and 100 strokes of the cane, along with payment of blood money which was paid by a Filipino businessman. In 1996, she returned to the country to a hero’s welcome. She is now happily married and is living a new life in Las Vegas as a devout Christian, a mother of five and an advocate for fellow victims and survivors of human trafficking.