20 child abuse cases reported in Mt. Province
by Juliet Saley
BONTOC, Mt. Province (22 September) -- Despite the presence of laws and the continuous intensive campaign against child abuse conducted by concerned agencies, children here continue to be abused.
Based on the report of P/SInsp. Ruel Tagel of the Mt. Province Provincial Philippine National Police, during the Provincial Council for the Protection of Children (PCPC) meeting, there are 20 cases of abuses to children covering the period January to August this year.
Tagel said out of the 20, nine are rape, five are acts of lasciviousness, four are physical injuries, one is violation of Republic Act 7610 (other forms of abuses), and one for trespass to dwelling.
He said of the nine rape cases, five were filed in court, two were amicably settled, one is indorsed to the prosecution, and the other one is indorsed to the Municipal Social Welfare and Development office for diversion. Seven of the suspects are adults aging between 30 to 70 years old while the other two are minors aging 14 and 17 years old.
For the five acts of lasciviousness, two were already filed in court and two were indorsed to the prosecution. The other one was filed in court was dismissed because the victim executed an affidavit of desistance. Four of the suspects are adults aging 27 to 44 years old and the other one is 18 years old.
The municipality of Paracelis has the most number of abused children with 10, followed by the municipality of Bontoc with 4, Bauko and Sadanga with 3 each, and Tadian with 2. The municipalities of Natonin, Sabangan, Sadanga, Tadian, and Sagada have one abused child each.
Tagel said it is only the municipalities of Besao and Barlig that do not have report on abuses to children. (PIA MP) [top]