Children Still in the Storm?

They also sought the help of the media. “Nagpunta kasi kami sa Inquirer. Mas naramdaman nila yun sincerity na tinatanong sila. Mas natuwa pa nga sila na pinakain sila ng Jolibee pero kasi dun sa ano (party at Congress), masasarap yung pagkain may roasted lamb pa,” (We went to the office of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. The children felt the sincerity of the people there. They were also very happy when they were served food from Jolibee even if the food that they were offered in Congress was more delicious; they had roasted lamb there.) Macaspac said. She added that the positive feedback from the children after the dialogue with media has brought back their hope in being able to get justice for what happened to them and to their families.

Many problems still

According to the Philippine Alternative Report on the Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in the year 2004, which was submitted by the Children’s NGO Network (CNN), the government was able to implement rules and regulations on Juvenile Justice, Inter-country Adoption Code, Anti-trafficking in Persons Act, Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act, and others. However, CNN concluded that these laws were not effective in addressing the problem of the violation of the rights of the child.

CNN also said that with the political and economic problems of the country, violations of children’s rights would remain rampant. CNN stressed, however, that this should not be made an excuse by the government for its failure to prioritize the needs of children.

The question is, how much has changed since then? Is the country doing any better as Davide claimed? (Bulatlat.com)

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