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Sick mom unmasked ‘Miggy Armstrong,’ heartless scammer who pretended to be her son on KMJS


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MANILA, Philippines - “Miggy Armstrong” who claimed to be ‘Earl Dollente,’ the missing toddler featured on “Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho,” resulted negative on the DNA test and faked his whole story to scam the Dollente family.

Sick mom unmasked ‘Miggy Armstrong,’ heartless scammer

In a lengthy Facebook post on Saturday,  Laurie Dollente revealed how Miggy pretended to be her long-lost son that caused a heartbreaking moment especially to her who is suffering from stage 4 lung cancer.

Dollente gave this update after an overwhelming queries she received as well as on the Facebook page “Mimi & Earl” asking what was happened between her and Miggy after the airing of his story on KMJS.

Miggy contacted KMJS in an attempt to confirm his hunch that he’s the missing Earl Dollente. KMJS immediately answered back and the next day, Miggy was interviewed. The latter gave his whole backstory and claimed he was found in a pile of trash and raised in Bulacan by his foster parents -- who are now separated, his mother migrated to London while his father is a seaman.

“Puro kalupitan daw ang kanyang dinanas sa mga kamay ng kanyang kinilalang magulang at first sem lang sa college ang inabot nya dahil hinahanapan na daw sya ng birth certificate at wala sya maipakita. At ng maghiwalay ang kinilala nyang magulang ay basta na lamang daw sya iniwan sa kamag-anak na taga navotas at hindi daw sya sinusustentuhan kaya sya ay nagtrabaho,” Dollente wrote.

KMJS’ segment producer told all of this to Dollente which gained her sympathy. However, the interview was not aired as he did not sign the contract claiming that his foster parents might see it and dislodge him from their house. Miggy then posted a behind-the-scene photo of the interview in his Facebook wall but was deleted later.

Eventually, the Dollente family and Miggy met with the KMJS staff fixing the location and filming the whole moment.

“Isinaayos agad ang pagpapa DNA test, at dumating ang araw ng test. Sila ng aking asawa ang kinuhanan ng blood sample, dokumentado po ng video ng hospital ang bawat ginagawa nilang testing bilang patunay na may mutual consent ang ginagawang testing kaya hindi nya maitatangging nagpadna sya. Sa kanyang pinirmahang form inilagay nya ang kanyang pangalan na MELVIN GONZALES MANIACOP at ang kanyang birthday ay FEB 17, 1993. Sinabi nya po sa akin na yan ang kinalakihan nyang pangalan at birthday at edad. At tinanong ko pa sya na MELVIN pala pangalan nya bakit MIGGY ang pangalan nya sa fb, iyon daw ang nickname nya pagkabata miggy o migs daw ang tawag ng lahat sa kanya at yung ARMSTRONG ay apelyido ng tiyahin nyang nakapag asawa ng australyano” she wrote.

Dollente narrated how the scamming began after the series of meetings with Miggy. Their pity on his current hardships based on his story led them to give him some money.

“Sabi nya, sya ang taga bayad ng bills kaya mula ng matigil sya pagtatrabaho naputulan na sila ng internet at wala na sya maitulong sa bahay nila dahil sya din daw tagabigay ng baon sa mga bata doon, at kung anu-ano pang mga nakakabigat sa loob na kwento.”

The day of the DNA results came in, Dollente called the KMJS team to film the supposed major update to their endeavor to find Earl.

“Ng ilahad na sa amin ang result at ipaliwanag sa amin na hindi maari na kami ay magkadugo, na napakaimposibleng maging anak namin sya dahil may 16 blood factors na kailangang magtugma lahat para ideklara kayong magkadugo. Sa kaso ni miggy 7 factors lang ang nagtugma sa kanila ng aking asawa at pag hindi magkaanu-ano ay hanggang sa ganun lamang nagtutugma. Ganun po kaselan ang DNA testing na kung maski 14 factors ang magtugma ay uulitin pa.”

The result brought serious emotional breakdown to Dollente and put her health at risk.

“...Ng maiabot ko na ang result grabe ang iyakan namin, ako dahil sa awa ko sa kanya, sya, hindi ko alam kung saan galing ang iyak nya. Awang-awa kaming lahat sa kanya at pagkatapos ng interview niyapos pa sya ng asawa ko at sinabihan syang kami ang magiging second family nya at kung ano maitutulong namin sa kanya ay wag mahiya lumapit sa amin. Pag labas ko wala na si miggy sabi ng researcher hindi na daw kayang magpaalam sa akin, lalo akong naawa sa kanya.”

Miggy avoided any means of contact from the Dollente family from then on, he would respond after several messages with short replies. The sick mom admitted that this put her in an emotional torture.

But everything went sideways when the KMJS segment producer informed that the airing of the follow-up story will not push through because a certain relative of Miggy from Arizona called and threaten to sue the show if their segment will be aired.

The incident led to her doubt to Miggy and later discovered his lies. It was revealed that he asked help from admin of Facebook page “Mimi & Earl” that lives in Arizona to pretend as his auntie and call the KMJS team.

“...Doon nila natuklasang HINDI AMPON si miggy at sya ay si MELVIN GONZALES MANIACOP, may birth certificate si miggy at registered mismo sa navotas. Dahil sa natuklasang iyon lalo sila nagpursige mangalap ng ebidensya dahil patunay iyon kung gaano kasinungaling si miggy dahil sinasabi nyang wala sya birth certificate kaya hindi sya nakapag-aral. Nakalagay doon kung sino ang kanyang mga magulang at ang kanyang totoong edad! Sya ay isinilang ng Feb. 17, 1990, ibig sabihin tama ang mga sinasabi ng bashers nya na sya ay 26 years old na!”

Melvin Maniacop even tried to escape this allegations by claiming that he’s not “Armstrong Miggy” and his pictures were just used.

The post ended with Dollente expressing her disappointment to Maniacop who abused her emotions being a mother longing for her child.

--Mae Tuazon, The Summit Express

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