Sunday, July 17, 2005

Protesters face charges for bringing kids to rally

By Jhunnex Napallacan Inquirer News Service

CEBU CITY-Leaders and members of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) who brought with them their children during the anti-Arroyo rally face charges for violating the anti-child abuse law.

Cebu City Councilor Gerardo Carillo, chair of the committee on social services, asked the Cebu City Commission for the Welfare of Children and the Department of Social Welfare and Development to investigate the group for possible violation of Republic Act 7610.

"These people have to assume responsibility... It's high time... these people stop using children to advance their... cause. They may have a valid cause, but using children for this cause is another story and that should not be tolerated," Carillo said.

Lolie Borlasa, secretariat of Bayan Muna Cebu, confirmed Saturday that at least 10 children joined their parents during the rally.

Borlasa said a 6-month-old girl and her 3-year-old brother were among those who suffered a tear gas attack by policemen

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