Paz: ‘I want parents to face charges’

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Thursday, July 3, 2014


LAPU-LAPU City Mayor Paz Radaza wants the parents of the 15 rescued minors to face charges for allowing their children to be involved in cyber pornography activities.

“I want the parents of these children to also face appropriate charges so that everyone will know that we are not tolerating this kind of activity,” said Radaza during her regular press conference.

In a GMA 7 Balitang Bisdak report, Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale expressed the same stand against the parents of the minors.

Last June 24, 50-year-old Australian national Peter James Robinson was arrested by personnel of the Cordova Police Station in his rented room in Cordova Home Village.

The police also rescued 15 minors during the operation. Of the 15 minors, 11 of them are girls and four are boys, whose ages range from eight to 15 years old.

Radaza earlier confirmed that all the rescued minors came from one barangay in Lapu-Lapu.

Complaints

Robinson and the 17-year-old girl, who allegedly recruited the minors who are her relatives, have been charged before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office.

Complaints for violating Republic Act (RA) 7610 (the Special Protection of Children against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act), RA 9775 (the Anti-Child Pornography Law) and RA 10364 (the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act) were filed against Robinson.

The 17-year-old girl, on the other hand, was charged with violating RA 10364.

One of the pieces of evidence recovered by the police during the operation was a flash-drive that contained several pictures of nude children and adults.

These adults were believed to be parents of the minors.

Radaza said she wants that those parents, whose faces appeared in the photos found in the flash-drive, will also be charged. She, however, admitted she can no longer recall how many parents appeared in the photos.

“The parents defended the foreigner because they pitied him. They do not have mercy for their children,” the mayor said.

Radaza learned that three of the 15 rescued minors already underwent examinations at the pink room of the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center.

She said that Dr. Eduardo Umpad, schools’ division superintendent of Lapu-Lapu, has coordinated with the Department of Social Welfare and Development for the minors to continue with their education while they are kept in a safehouse.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 03, 2014.

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