Marilao village chief, HOA prexy accused of child abuse

A VILLAGE chief and officials of a homeowners body in Marilao, Bulacan were accused of child abuse, trespassing and abuse of authority for allegedly forcing two minors out of a resident’s house because they were not listed as members of the household at the height of the implementation of Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon.

In a letter of  Manuel Marinay to DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, he asked the official to conduct an investigation against Barangay Saog Chairman Sonny Angeles and Villa Roma III  Home Owners Association (HOA) President  Aristotle Cruz for allegedly forcing two minors out of his residence because they were not listed as members of his household .

Marinay said the incident occurred at around 8 p.m. on April 17, 2020.

Accordingly, the president of HOA allegedly barged inside their house and forced the complainant’s 17-year-old nephew and 15-year-old grandchild out of his house  and directed them to go back to their house in the next barangay.

Marinay said the barangay and homeowners association officials told him to drive away his nephews since they were not listed as official members of his household.

He insisted that the two minors were living in his house because he was their guardian and had been staying at his own house, with the consent of their parents, even before the quarantine was raised in Luzon but the officials did not listen and still forced the minors to leave.

“Masakit mang aminin, wala silang paliwanag o sagot sa aking mga nilahad na tanong at lalo pa nilang iginiit na paalisin na ang aking pamangkin at kanyang kasama” Marinay said in his letter.

“Ganap na  alas-10 ng gabi, sa kabila ng aking pagtutol at napaalis nila ang aking pamangkin at ang kasama nito kung saan  hinatid nila sa gate upang salubungin ng opisyal ng barangay kung saan nakatira ang aking pamangkin at ang ina nitong si Corazon,” Marinay added.

The letter was also signed by Corazon Marinay, mother of Marinay’s nephew.

In line with this, Marinay said he will file charges of discrimination, child abuse, trespassing and abuse of authority against the two officials.