MANILA, Philippines- After receiving a report from a concerned neighbor, social workers from Quezon City Social Services Department rescued three young children allegedly abandoned by their parents for three days.The unidentified parents of the neglected children aged 3 years old, 1 year old and 8 months apparently left them without food and water inside their locked home in Quezon City.
As a result, the children were found to be severely dehydrated, malnourished and suffering from skin bacterial infection.
According to John Michael Ancheta, the neighbor who reported the incident to ABS-CBN News, the parents would often neglect their children and even hurt them when they’re around. Ancheta also disclosed that the parents would forbid them from feeding the children since they didn’t want them to get used to feeling full.
Ancheta, who claimed that the children had been left by their parents on their own in the past, said they opted not to touch them since they do not want to be blamed for any untoward incident that could possibly happen to the children.
“Minsan po inaabutan na lang namen ng pagkain. Di po namen hinahawakan kasi nga po baka may mangyari sa mga bata. Kung may mangyari po dyan baka po kami pa masisi,” he told ABS-CBN News.
(Sometimes we just offer them food. We don’t touch them because we fear that we will be blamed if anything bad happens to them.)
Currently under the custody of the Social Services Department, the children had to be confined in the hospital for treatment. According to their doctor, they could possibly suffer from septic shock if left untreated.
Dolores Centeno, the children’s grandmother, said she is willing to sue the parents of the children since a similar incident has already happened in the past.
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Child Neglect in the Philippines
Under Philippine Law R.A. 7610, children are given special protection against abuse, exploitation and discrimination.
This includes protection against neglect which is characterized by the failure to provide the child’s physical, education and emotional needs.