"We all think we are indispensable. But no one is. Truly," Steele said. "I think always when there is a vacuum, it will always be filled. I think that's the law of nature and a lot of groups are coming and providing the assistance that's needed."
To date no charges have been filed and Oebanda also refuses to rule-out that it could have been a set-up by forces who wanted to see the Visayan Forum go away.
Oebanda is now fighting to keep her organization afloat in an ocean of paperwork. "Look at this. We are drowning with all these receipts," she said.
"There are children and women the Visayan Forum is supposed to help. Every day that we are upset in the field, every day that we are not in the port, we are losing children. We are losing women to the traffickers and we don't know what happened to them and that makes me really so, so mad."
How much longer Oebanda will be able to continue fighting, and whether she will be able to return to the ports to rescue victims, will be up to the Philippines' judicial system.