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CHILD RIGHTS GROUPS BACK Republic Act 11930 or the Anti-Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children (OSAEC) Law

Internet now safer for kids with anti-online sexual abuse law

Child Rights Network (CRN): The dawn of safer online spaces for children

Several studies have revealed that the country has become one of the world’s largest sources of online child sexual exploitation and abuse cases with a rapid increase in cyber tip reports, aggravated by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.With Republic Act 11930 or the… Read More


CHR bats for heightened online child protection amid pandemic

 January 24, 2021

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Sunday called for heightened protection of students against sexual exploitation and other forms of child abuse as the world celebrates the International Day of Education.”Protection of young people from all forms of abuse is among the obligations… Read More

Duterte to visit kids with cancer in Davao

President Rodrigo Duterte will not end the year without visiting the cancer-stricken kids at the House of Hope in Davao City.

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Then Davao City Mayor now President Rodrigo Duterte in one of his Christmas visits to the House of Hope. Photo by Morie Aguilar

Senator Christopher Lawrence Go said the President will be visiting the facility on December 28, three days after Christmas day.
Go said that it has been 18 years since its establishment, and Duterte allotted his time every year to celebrate Christmas with the kids.
Go said Duterte will be interacting with the children and their parents as well as give gifts.
He also said despite his busy schedule, the visit has been a tradition of the President.





Phantom philanthropist donates to Davao City center for children with cancer

“Our President really loves the children. He will really find time to visit and be with them,” Go said.
In February this year, an official from the House of Hope announced that Duterte donated his house in Margarita Village along J.P. Laurel Avenue here to the cancer-stricken kids.
Fatima-Inderah Disomimba, House of Hope Foundation vice president, said the property was transferred to them last January based on a deed of donation signed by the President.
Before giving the house, Duterte already allowed the use of his three-bedroom house in the said address for the past years to the House of Hope.
Meanwhile, the House of Hope has been receiving various aids from different organizations.
In a recent interview, Dr. Mae Dolendo, House of Hope program director, announced its renovation as well as new developments in the facility.
“With their help, it would give a big impact on the survival of these kids,” she said, adding that before its renovation, the house accommodated about 30 to 40 patients per day.
“This time it can accommodate up to 100 patients per day for the coming 50 to 70 years,” she added. (PNA)

Quiboloy denies rape, human trafficking raps

The camp of Kingdom of Jesus Christ founder Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy denied the alleged rape, qualified trafficking in person, and child abuse cases lodged by a former follower recently at the Office of the City Prosecutor in Davao City..

On Friday, a complainant, Blenda Portugal, accused Quiboloy and five others– Jackielyn Roy, Cresente Canada, Pauline Canada, Ingrid Ca­nada, and Sylvia Cemañes –of sexual abuse and forced labor.
In her affidavit, Portugal said she was introduced to Quiboloy by her father, who was a member of their church, when she was 10 years old.
She said she and her sister were exploited both in forms of sexual and forced labor.
Davao City Prosecutor Shahruddin Roberto Sencio Jr. ordered respondents to answer the complaint within 10 days.
Lawyer Israelito Torreon, Quiboloy’s legal counsel, said in a press briefing on Friday Portugal’s allegation was part of a “grand conspiracy” to pin down his client.
“We will show you that this is not true. Because Quiboloy is true to his mission to propagate love, the love for Jesus and we are here to cause the dismissal of the criminal cases filed to him,” he said.
Torreon said the complainant has been threatening to file cases against the religious leader following years of allegedly spreading malicious comments on her Facebook Page.
“Part of our theory that maybe she planned this a long time ago,” he added.
Torreon alleged that Portugal only fired back at the evangelist following the libel suit lodged against her last Oct.22, 2010 in which the City Prosecutor of Panabo City, Davao del Norte, issued the warrant of her arrest.
“This was issued April 29, 2019. The case for libel has been going until today but her lawyer withdrew from the case,” he added.
As to the ground of Portugal’s libel case, Torreon narrated that a certain Jose Antonio Tan Bonifacio is spreading malicious comments against Quiboloy on Facebook.
He claimed that their camp managed to ascertain that the Bonifacio was actually Portugal.
“She already surrendered and posted bail and the case is now on-going in the Regional Trial Court in Panabo City,” he added.
Cases filed
Torreon said the three cases filed by Portugal were all trumped up charges.
In her affidavit, Portugal claimed that she was raped on Sept. 1, 2014 inside the Jose Maria College Compound at around 1 or 2 a.m. She was 17 years old that time and one of the scholars and singer of Quiboloy’s church.
However, Quiboloy’s camp believed that somebody was behind Portugal saying the affidavit and the English was ‘astonishingly excellent.’
“It appeared that she is well supported and well financed. We know who they are and we are prepared for them. We will show them that Quiboloy is innocent,” Torreon said.
Similar case
In October last year, Quiboloy was also accused by a former follower of Kingdom of Jesus Christ for running a “child sex ring.”
A television news report said the allegation was made by Kristine Angeles’ counsel to defend his client in a court case where she is accused by a female church member of sexual assault.
Lawyer Grant Giventer claimed in court documents that Angeles was just one of several minors forced to have sex with the church leader.
However, Torreon, denied these allegations, saying a rival church organization helping Angeles was behind the claims.
“The new allegation that Pastor Quiboloy is involved in child sex rape, in behalf of the Kingdom, this charge is a pack of lies. This is not 


Medical attention for all sick children

President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Christopher “Bong” Go vowed to help all sick children that needs immediate medical attention, especially those whose parents are either soldier or police.

Early morning Monday, August 12, Duterte and Go visited the wake of 11-month old Baby Eren Crisologo who died from biliary atresia while undergoing treatment at a hospital in India.
Duterte facilitated Crisologo’s treatment abroad in the hope of saving the baby’s life, but in vain.
The President had earlier offered assistance to a Philippine Army soldier’s baby and another child from Cebu, Dionifer Zephaniah Itao.
The President and the Senator first met baby Eren when they visited the wounded-in-action soldiers in a hospital in Cagayan de Oro City last March, while baby Dionifer was presented to Go during one of his visits to fire victims in Cebu early this year.
Biliary atresia is a rare disease of the liver and bile ducts that also occurs in infants. Given the complications attributed to the disease, the operation needed to address it is not readily available in the country.
Last June, both babies Eren and Dionifer had flown together with their parents to Apollo Hospital in India for the needed medical operation. Despite efforts in providing the best and world-class medical attention, 11-month old baby Eren did not survive the complications of the said operation.
“Ito po si Eren Crisologo, isang 11-month old na anak ng isang Philippine Army at lumapit po ito kay Pangulong Duterte sa isang pagbisita namin sa hospital ng mga sundalo sa Cagayan de Oro,” Go shared during their visit upon the arrival of the family of baby Eren and her remains late Sunday evening in Davao City.
Go added that, during that visit in Cagayan de Oro City, the President asked him to send right away baby Eren to India for the necessary medical assistance. “At sinabihan ako kaagad ng Pangulo na ipadala ito agad sa India.”
Go further said that there were processes needed to be done and that there was a compatible donor for the liver transplant but, despite best efforts, baby Eren did not make it. “Naging maganda naman ‘yung operation pero nagkakumplikasyon.”
Now that the Crisologo family has come back to the country, the President offered his assistance by providing for burial and transportation expenses. “At ngayon, sasagutin niya (President Duterte) ang pagpapalibing at transportation po hanggang makauwi sila,” Go said. 
Baby Eren’s parents, Erne Crisologo, a soldier, and Charibel Crisologo, a teacher, thanked President Duterte and Senator Go. Still in grief, they went to Davao City first to meet both officials before going home to Butuan City.
“Nalulungkot po kami ni Pangulong Duterte. Sabi nga ng nanay, nagkataon din po na dito sila napadaan kasama ang labi ng bata bago dalhin sa kanilang hometown sa Butuan dahil, sabi ng nanay, magpapasalamat daw po kay Pangulo. Sabi naman ni Pangulo na huwag kaming pasalamatan dahil trabaho po ni Pangulo ‘yun,’” Go explained.
Meanwhile, baby Dionifer is still in India undergoing more tests for the procedure. “Naiwan pa po ‘ung isang baby (Dionifer) sa India, marami pa pong tests na ginagawa dahil kailangan talagang compatible ito (liver from donor),” Go said adding that the success story of 4-year-old baby Xia Kazumi Ngo is proof of hope for each child with biliary atresia.
“Meron na rin po kaming natulungan noon, taga-Taguig, and it was a success story. Ngayon po ‘yung bata very jolly, naglalakad, masaya, malusog na po,” Go said.
Go was inspired by the story of baby Xia who was also diagnosed with biliary atresia, and is now in a healthier state after undergoing a similar medical procedure in India early this year. Baby Xia successfully had a liver transplant through the efforts of Go and numerous other donors who helped shoulder expenses. The baby’s parents sought the help of Go during a chance encounter in Taguig City last year.
As numerous cases of biliary atresia among Filipino infants had been reported, the neophyte Senator has committed to find solutions to help the current situation of patients and the doctors and specialists needed. As the Senate Committee on Health Chair, Go shared in an interview that he aims to have specialists in our country to alleviate the burden of sending patients to other countries for medical operations.
“Sa ngayon po, as Committee on Health chair, gusto ko sanang magkaroon din sana tayo ng specialists para sa pag-transplant ng liver sa mga bata. I heard mayroon tayo for adults pero wala talaga sa bata kaya pinapadala talaga sa India ‘yung mga baby,” Go said.
He emphasized that there is a need to support Filipino doctors to be trained in cases such as biliary atresia. “Magpaaral tayo ng mga doctors para maging specialists po rito. Maraming cases po ng liver problems na kailangan sila,” Go said.
The child’s body arrived last night in Davao City.
Duterte and Go have always been helping shoulder medical bills of sick children even when Duterte was still the mayor of Davao City.
The duo always have a soft spot for sick children. They facilitated and supported the House of Hope in Davao City that houses children suffering from cancer from all over Mindanao and are seeking treatment at the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City.
Many times, Duterte have shed tears when serenaded by the sick children during Christmas.