DSWD locates mother of child on leash like puppy

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(CNN Philippines) — A Facebook post of a "clear case of child abuse" has been circulating all over the Internet for all the wrong reasons and it has gotten the ire of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The now-deleted Facebook post by a woman showed three photos of a toddler, stripped of all clothes, down on all fours, leashed, and eating from a shallow bowl placed on the cold, hard cement floor.

The Facebook photos were captioned: "Bago ko nga pa lang alagang aso, ha ha. Lakas ng tama ng anak ko, sunod-sunuran naman. Ang dami kong tawa dito grabe."

[Translation: My new pet dog, ha ha. My child's so weird, but he's such a pushover. This really made me laugh a lot.]

The woman claimed that she is the mother of the child put on a leash.

'Clear case of child abuse'

The DSWD said in a media release sent out on Tuesday (May 26) that this incident is a "clear case of child abuse" and the perpetrator is liable under the Violence against Women and Children (VAWC) Act and under Republic Act 7610 or the Anti-Child Abuse Law.

It also said that DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman had received reports for the DSWD office in Central Luzon (Region 3) that the mother of the child had been located.

Soliman already ordered the rescue of child, with the DSWD taking temporary custody.

She added that the child would undergo psychosocial assessment, while DSWD would evaluate the mother to determine her capacity to take care of her child.

The DSWD gave the public a stern warning that no one has the right to treat a child like a toy, whether meant to be a joke or not.

"Walang karapatan ang sino man na paglaruan ang isang bata. Kahit nagbibiruan lang, masamang biro. Hindi alam ng bata na binibiro siya," she said.

[Translation: "No one has the right to treat a child like a toy. Even if it's a joke, it's a bad joke. The child doesn't know that you're kidding him."]

Soliman said that in cases like this the most important thing is to take the child into custody.

She added that whoever is behind the photo has no right to take care of a child.

The DSWD appealed to the public to interfere when they witness violence happening and help put an end to it.