Mayor Isko Moreno made another midnight roaming around Manila City on Monday, and as he started his live Facebook video, he quickly saw two children using a solvent along Quirino-Taft Avenue.
Moreno quickly told his staff to call the nearest police station to rescue the children and expressed his disappointment on the neglectful parents.
According to him, the Manila City Government under his leadership already rescued 365 children that made the Boystown crowded.
“Nalulungkot lang ho ako, dahil itong mga magulang hindi ko malaman kung ito ba’y sinasadya nilang iwan yung mga anak nila,” Moreno said during his live video.
“Matapos nilang paghirapan ng siyam na buwan sa sinapupunan nila yung kanilang mga anak ay para bang napagod na sila at sinoga nalang nila yung mga anak nila sa kalye,” he added.
He made a warning to the parents who neglected their children and letting them roam around the streets to use solvents.
Moreno pointed out that there’s a law that could penalize neglectful parents, but they’re still giving them a chance to correct their mistakes.
Republic Act 7610 cited that parents are responsible for taking care of and providing for their children’s needs. No child should be on the streets, exposed to danger at a young age.
“Sana ay kunin ninyo na ang mga anak ninyo, pangalagaan ninyo… responsibilidad niyo po yan.” Moreno said.
“Alam niyo sa totoo lang pagka hindi po tayo tumigil kayong mga magulang diyan sa bandang huli ay kayo ang kakasuhan namin,” he added.
The Manila City Mayor said that he’s receiving many complaints from the netizens about the solvent boys, so he’s trying to solve the said problem.
“Alam kong mahirap ang buhay pero wag sanang maging dahilan sa atin na dala ng kahirapan ng buhay na itatapon natin sa kalye yung mga anak natin,” he said.