Palace and LGU offer assistance to the young pandesal vendor robbed in Caloocan
New low for thieves: stealing from poor children
A video of a child selling pandesal went viral on Thursday, showing the kid visibly shaking and crying after being mugged. Several individuals and groups have expressed support for the child, including the local government unit of Caloocan.
The city’s public information chief, Nolan Sison, visited the child on Saturday, but was met with a lot of hesitation. Sison said that the boy initially refused to talk, having been traumatized by the mugging. With the help of a chocolate bar, Sison was able to encourage the boy to tell him what happened.
The incident happened early Thursday morning in the Deparo area, when a man wearing a cap signaled to the kid and pretended he was going to buy bread.
"So [the boy] went. Suddenly someone hugged him from behind, covered his mouth, and pointed a knife to his side," Sison said. The man was able to take P200 plus the boy’s pandesal box.
The boy is the middle child of a single mother who washes clothes for a living. His older brother is 16 years old and has quit school to become a construction worker. His younger brother is only two years old. Sison said that the boy’s mother will receive a "certificate of livelihood starter package" worth P20,000 on Monday at the Caloocan City Hall.
Meanwhile, Inquirer also reported that the Palace caught wind of the story and said that the boy’s family would be given a slot in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Conditional Cash Transfer Program). Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. added that the Department of Social Welfare and Development would also be providing support.
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