DSWD wants to visit the parents of Freddie Aguilar’s 16-year-old girlfriend to find out if they approve of their daughter’s relationship

They have to hear the parents’ approval for themselves.

Rainier Allan Ronda of The Philippine Star reports that social workers from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) are set to visit the parents of Freddie Aguilar's 16-year-old girlfriend in Mindoro to find out if they approve of their daughter's relationship with the 60-year-old singer.

 

The report quoted Dulfie Shalim of the DSWD Protective Services Bureau as saying that "the girl is considered a minor under the law. That means she is vulnerable to abuse, and not yet capable to discern." The media has previously reported that Aguilar may be sued for child abuse or seduction by being in a relationship with a minor because "under the Revised Penal Code, seduction of a girl who is under 18 years of age is considered a crime against chastity."

 

DSWD can file a child abuse case on behalf of minor victims under Republic Act 7610, or the Special Protection of Children against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.

 

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