Over 200 rescued children are still waiting to be fetched by their parents according to the Manila Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
These children are among the 365 minors rescued from the streets in the past 30 days. Only 129 have been fetched by their parents.
The Manila DSWD said the rest of the rescued children are temporarily staying at the Manila Boystown in Marikina City.
DSWD Director Maria Fugoso said not all of the rescued children are from Manila.
She said they are already coordinating with several local government units (LGU) in Metro Manila.
Fugoso reminds parents not to let their children wander off in the streets.
“Sana iyong mga magulang maalagaan iyong mga anak nila kasi hindi naman sila forever nasa Boystown (I hope the parents can care for their children because they cannot stay in Boystown forever),” she said.
Mayor Moreno plans to talk with the parents of the children rescued from the streets.
“There’s a law that punishes the parents under the concept of neglect of minors. Now we’re looking into it,” he said.—AAC (with reports from April Cenedoza)
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Panfilo Lacson on Monday said President Rodrigo Duterte should be president for life if he can deliver on two of the promises he recently made.
Those promises include cutting down the travel time from Cubao to Makati to five minutes and to eliminate flight delays at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Lacson added that Duterte could be considered superhuman if he is able to address the said perennial problems.
“If PRRD delivers on just two promises he recently made: (1) to cut travel time from Cubao to Makati to 5 minutes within 6 months and; (2) to eliminate flight delays in NAIA within one month, for being superhuman, he deserves to be president for life,” Lacson wrote on his Twitter account.
Senate President Vincente Sotto III, on the other hand, welcomed the president’s promise but he has yet to see how this will be fulfilled.
“Sounds good but I have no idea how yet,” Sotto said in a text message sent to reporters.
The President earlier vowed to reduce travel time between Cubao and Makati to five minutes before the year ends.
Solving the traffic in Metro Manila is among Duterte’s promises since he became president in 2016.
His administration even asked Congress to grant him emergency powers to address the issue.
The proposal was approved by the House of Representatives in the 17th Congress but was stalled in the Senate.
According to Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, the said bill possibly be refiled in the next Congress by Senator-elect Francis Tolentino, who was a former chairman of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
The Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association Incorporated (PMAAI) has called out broadcaster Erwin Tulfo for his remarks against Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Bautista.
According to PMAAI President PCol. Arthur Bisnar, they are hurt by Tulfo’s ‘degrading’ remarks against a former official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Bisnar said that even though they have accepted Tulfo’s apology, this is not a sufficient reason not to file a case against him.
“Iyong apology ni Mr. Tulfo that’s not enough kasi nga ang affected doon iyong pamilya niya to include ang lahat ng relatives niya so ang nagre-react pa lang ngayon ay ang PNP, (Mr. Tulfo’s apology is not enough because [Bautista’s family] is affected, including all relatives) I understand iyong ranger they are making a manifesto right now sa social media, they are in full support of our DSWD secretary,” he said.
Bisnar added that they will also file a complaint with the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) and the National Press Club for Tulfo’s actions.
On May 27, Tulfo reportedly called Sec. Bautista “buang” or crazy during his radio program.—(with reports from Lea Ylagan)
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