DSWD files child abuse raps against Willie Revillame

(SPOT.ph) The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has filed a child abuse complaint against Willing Willie host Willie Revillame, in connection to the show’s March 12 episode where a six-year-old boy was seen crying while gyrating, reports PEP.ph.

The joint affidavit-complaint by DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman and co-complainants activist priest Robert Reyes, "Para kay Jan-jan" Facebook page administrators Froilan Grate and Frances Irene Bretaña, and blogger Noemi Lardizabal-Dado was filed yesterday at the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office. 

"As concerned citizens, we denounce the exploitation and irresponsible treatment of the six-year-old Jan-Jan on the show Willing Willie," reads the affidavit-complaint. "Revillame’s actions and utterances constituted psychological abuse, cruelty, and emotional maltreatment of the child, as it debased, degraded and demeaned Jan-Jan’s intrinsic worth and dignity as a human being."

On her Facebook account, Soliman posted a statement, reports PEP.ph. "We are filing this case because it is our job. We do this for all cases of child abuse that we come across, and we provide services to everyone who needs our help. There is no political angle here; neither is there any hidden agenda, as some quarters may allege. Our main concern is to promote the welfare of the child and his family, and others who are or may be placed in a similar situation."

A few days ago, a separate child abuse complaint was filed against Revillame, TV5 Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan and other executives of the network, reports PEP.ph. It was filed by six people including officials from the organization End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT).

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