DSWD orders Willing Willie’s Jan-Jan and parents to undergo counseling, says there is something wrong with parents’ values
(SPOT.ph) Jan-Jan Estrada, the six-year-old boy who cried while gyrating on Willing Willie, is undergoing counseling from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) with his parents, reports TV Patrol.
According to the report, DSWD confirmed that the incident is clearly a violation of Republic Act 7610, which considers "any act by deeds or words which debases, degrades or demeans the intrinsic worth and dignity of a child as a human being," as child abuse.
DSWD also confirmed that the child can suffer from long-term trauma. Moreover, DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman said that having Jan-Jan repeat the "sexy" dance moves was another aspect that characterizes the incident as child abuse.
In a letter written by the Estradas to DSWD, Jan-Jan’s parents denied the allegations and explained that they only wanted their son to develop his talent, and that they did not see anything wrong with it. DSWD said there is something wrong with the parents’ values hence the entire family was put under counseling. According to a Manila Bulletin report, Secretary Soliman "has ordered social workers to visit the family" to provide counseling.
In a TV Patrol report, Willing Willie Producer Jay Montelibano said the child was not forced to gyrate on TV. "There was no malice in our minds...Of couse we apologize for that," said Montelibano in the report. According to PEP.ph, TV 5 has temporarily suspended the participation of minors in all network game shows and contests.