CLB withdraws from assisting Lumad parents

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THE Children’s Legal Bureau (CLB) announced its withdrawal from assisting the parents of one of the six Lumad students who are under the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Cebu City.

In a press statement, CLB said that the mother of the 17-year-old female Lumad student traveled from Sultan Kudarat in Mindanao to Cebu on Feb. 25 in coordination with their local social welfare office to get her child. The mother did not communicate with CLB before she arrived in Cebu.


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• On Feb. 21, the Lumad student was placed under DSWD custody. Her parents sought the assistance of CLB by answering the organization’s online legal assistance form.

• On Feb. 22, the lawyers of CLB scheduled a video conference with the concerned parents, including the mother, to verify their identities, supporting documents, and request for assistance.

• During the conference, both parents asked CLB to inform DSWD about their intent to bar any effort to transport their child without their consent and to designate CLB to take custody of their child until they would reach Cebu to get her.

• On Feb. 23, CLB representatives visited DSWD to confirm whether their daughter was taken to the same facility. A case manager from DSWD confirmed the presence of their daughter and acknowledged CLB’s participation in aiding the parents of the minor after showing the necessary documents.

“Because of the recent development of the mother’s arrival in Cebu, their request for legal assistance is deemed withdrawn. Our organization respects the decision of the parents to personally fetch the daughter if this would serve the best interest of the child. CLB is also willing to provide any assistance to the same parents if they wish to avail of our services,” said CLB. (NRC, WBS/With PR)


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