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Kinondena ng isang kongresista ang nangyaring panghahalay sa isang 13-anyos na anak ng isang overseas Filipino worker (OFW) na nagtatrabaho sa Singapore.
Ayon kay KABAYAN party list Rep. Ron Salo, chairman ng House Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs, hindi katanggap-tanggap ang nangyaring gang rape sa nasabing dalagita ng hindi nakilalang mga kalalkihan.
“But condemnation is never enough; we join the cry for justice and the full enforcement of the law against the six maniacs who were identified by the victim,” sabi ni Salo.
“While rape is rape no matter who the victim is, I am doubly incensed because the case falls squarely within our party’s and my advocacy for the protection not only of the rights of migrant workers, but of their family members as well,” paliwanag nito.
“A different kind of trauma engulfs a migrant worker’s family faced with this problem,” Salo pointed out. “I would never be able fathom the grief of a mother who sacrificed so much to leave her family behind just to help them survive, then finds out that, in her absence, a loved one was preyed upon by licentious individuals,” dagdag pa ni Salo.
Nabatid na agad na kumilos ang mga tauhan ng Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) para agad na makabalik sa probinsya ng Iloilo ang di pinangalanang ina ng biktima.
Maliban sa sinagot ng OWWA ang tiket ng ina ng biktima pinagkalooban din ito ng financial assistance na nagkakahalaga ng S$300, o katumbas ng ₱15,000.
“I laud OWWA and DMW for their immediate assistance to Maria and her daughter. This is exactly the kind of proactive and committed service we should be providing as public servants. Indeed, the victim needed the immediate presence and support of her mother in these trying times, and I am glad that the OWWA led by Administrator Arnel Ignacio and DMW led by Sec. Toots Ople quickly responded,” ayon pa sa kongresista.
Setyembre 5, 2022, nang dalhin ng OWWA Regional Welfare Office VI team ang mag-ina sa himpilan ng pulisya para maghain ng reklamo bago dinala sa Regional Health Unit para sumailalim sa medical examination.
Maliban sa OWWA at DMW, pinasalamatan din ni Salo ang Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), si San Rafael Mayor Roberto Belleza, at Governor Arthur Defensor na tumulong sa kaso ng biktima.
“All that remains now is for the authorities to help the victim realize justice. These criminals must be dealt with the full force of the law,” sabi pa ng mambabatas.