In that time, she gave birth to two children, a son, Kip, and daughter, Malaya. Shortly after their release in 1986, Oebanda and her husband would part ways.
Five years later, she would found a small grassroots organization to help women and children working as domestic servants.
The Visayan Forum Foundation would grow to become an internationally recognized charity and provide services to more than 70,000 victims or potential victims of human trafficking.
When Oebanda and her husband were released, after the 1986 Edsa 'People Power' Revolution ousted Marcos, she was reunited with her first son and soon after gave birth to a fourth child.
The determination which allowed her to join the rebels and saw her through prison, was now focused on creating a new organization, the Visayan Forum Foundation, which would one day become an internationally acclaimed force to stop human trafficking.
When we first met Oebanda, morning light was streaming through the sheer curtains at a halfway house for human trafficking victims near Manila's North Harbor port.
Oebanda and her staff were busy making phone calls and preparing the paperwork needed after a possible raid.
"Every day I wake up grateful for the opportunity to live and every person that I rescued and help -- I honor them. I see the sacrifice through me. And I see myself to save others. So it's like I am paying them while serving others. In rescuing girls and giving their life back and I hope that they enjoy. I give justice to those three great men."
Overnight, the Philippine coast guard reported three possible trafficking victims on board a passenger ferry heading to Manila.
Visayan investigators position themselves on the dock and wait for a signal from the officers on board to start their raid.
A hand signal sets the operation into motion.
When the team arrives in a dining area, they find three groups of adults and children surrounded by armed officers. The Visayan Forum staff immediately starts work.
"Our people are trained to ask questions, we are trained how to spot. We try to share if the information given to one group is the same, is consistent to the information given to other people."
After a few moments, the task force is confident that two groups are just families traveling together on vacation.
But the third group, made up of a man and a woman traveling with four teenage girls, bears the hallmarks of human trafficking.
"The group actually shows a lot of red flags for possible trafficking victims. The lady in the middle is actually giving them instructions, what kind of jobs they have, what are they going to do, where are they going," says Oebanda.
The four girls will be escorted to the halfway house for physical examinations and counseling.
The suspects are heading to jail.
"Some of the kids that we rescue may be alive outside but they are actually nothing inside. They are dying inside."
To see how those children are reborn, we visited the Visayan Forum's Center of Hope. About two dozen girls and young women live at the center permanently.
We spoke to several, including three girls whose stories are heartbreaking.
When they were nine-years-old, a neighbor lured them into a room with a computer and an internet connection.
He made the girls take off their clothes and dance for a man at the other end of a chat room.
After that, it was whatever disgusting acts the cyber customer asked for. Oebanda helped coax details of their abuse.
The first girl said: "Sometimes we had to urinate."