Sex abuse cases vs minors rise in Eastern Visayas — DSWD

By Joey A. Gabieta
Visayas Bureau
Last updated 04:04pm (Mla time) 07/14/2007

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte — The number of cases of sexual abuse of minors in Eastern Visayas has increased during the first half of the year.

 

Records of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office showed that it received 127 cases of such cases victimizing children seven to 18 years old.

 

This is about 16.5 percent more than the 109 cases of rape, incest, and acts of lasciviousness committed on children as monitored by the DSWD-8 during the same period last year.

 

The DSWD-8 records showed that the province of Leyte (25 cases) and Ormoc City (20) posted the highest number of sexual abuse cases in the last six months.

 

Biliran had 19 cases; Tacloban City, 15; Maasin, 10; Southern Leyte, nine; Calbayog, Samar, and Eastern Samar, eight each; and Northern Samar with five cases.

 

The number of sexual abuse cases could be higher as some cases are not reported to their office, said Marlene Kahano, head of the DSWD-8 community-based services unit.

 

Kahano, however, said there is no cause for alarm over this increase.

 

“This only meant that our advocacy campaign for the victims or their relatives to come out in the open and report their ordeal is becoming effective,” she explained.

 

“They know now where to report their ordeal,” she added. Kahano said that some of the sexual abuse cases reported to their office happened even “months” back.

 

All victims of sexual abuses, Kahano said, were given the necessary assistance by their office like medical and legal assistance, financial help, and psycho-social interventions.

 

She noted that sexual abuses could happen anytime even within the victim’s home. More often than not, the victims knew the perpetrators.

 

With the increasing willingness of victims to report their ordeal, Kahano also sought the support of the police and local government units in taking care of the victims.

11 Responses to “Sex abuse cases vs minors rise in Eastern Visayas — DSWD”

  1. MBPH Brothers Says:

    Charges of Sexual Abuse against the Bishop and Clergy of the Diocese of Naval.

    We believe that these charges against the Bishop Bactol and the Diocese of Naval are of serious matter:

    Allowing violations of the moral law of the Catholic Church (Canon 1389). This includes violations of celibacy (Canons 1394, 1395).

    Can. 1387 A priest who in the act, on the occasion, or under the pretext of confession solicits a penitent to sin against the sixth commandment of the Decalogue is to be punished, according to the gravity of the delict, by suspension, prohibitions, and privations; in graver cases he is to be dismissed from the clerical state

    Can. 1385 A person who illegitimately makes a profit from a Mass offering is to be punished with a censure or another just penalty.

    Can. 1389 §1. A person who abuses an ecclesiastical power or function is to be punished according to the gravity of the act or omission, not excluding privation of office, unless a law or precept has already established the penalty for this abuse.

    §2. A person who through culpable negligence illegitimately places or omits an act of ecclesiastical power, ministry, or function with harm to another is to be punished with a just penalty.

    We believe that if the Roman Catholic Church refuses to investigate these and other charges, the Church is approving of such behavior and endorsing it. Therefore losing moral authority.

  2. Rev. Fr. Jessie Somosierra, Jr. Says:

    MBPH brothers,
    The Roman Catholic Church investigates anyone as long as it is presented in the proper forum. If there is any complain against any priest concerning these matters, it should be reported to the vicar forane. If the bishop is the subject matter, it should be brought up to he CBCP, Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines.

  3. mbphbrothers Says:

    The formal complaint was signed and sworn, before a Bishop. The complaint is about the Bishop of Naval and some priests.
    Allowing violations of the moral law of the Catholic Church (Canon 1389). This includes violations of celibacy (Canons 1394, 1395).
    Can. 1387 A priest who in the act, on the occasion, or under the pretext of confession solicits a penitent to sin against the sixth commandment of the Decalogue is to be punished, according to the gravity of the delict, by suspension, prohibitions, and privations; in graver cases he is to be dismissed from the clerical state

    It was reported to the CBCP – and then President Archbishop Orlando B. Quevedo, O.M.I., said he had heard rummors too and the CBCP has no authority on this. Archbishop QuevedoHe said he would forward to the Papal Nuncio in Manila. The paper work was put together by Canon Lawyer.

  4. Rev. Fr. Jessie Somosierra, Jr. Says:

    mbphbrothers,
    You are right, the CBCP has no jurisdiction over complain against any bishop because a bishop is at par with every bishop. CBCP act as a cohesive body in a certain locality for coordination, it is a coordinating body and not as administrative body. It has no administrative power over any bishop unless but it is the proper forum to file the complain so that it could be brought up to proper authority who happens to be the Papal Nuncio who is the duly representation of the Pope in our country.
    However, the Papal nuncio was trasferred to Vatican office. I do not know yet if a replacement was assigned already. You could follow it up by sending the a letter attached with the copy of the sworn statement you have presented to the CBCP. You have to prepare your witnesses. They will be called by the investigative body.

  5. MBPH Brothers Says:

    From the CBCP 9/2006
    thanks so much for your letter. please be assured that we have taken note of the points you raised in your letter. we cannot, however, take action on the subject of said letter since it is something beyond our capacity. should you have the opportunity, it may be best to write formally the apostolic nunciature in manila.

    in christ,

    msgr quitorio

  6. Brother Steve Greinke Says:

    No tolerance to ‘misbehaving priests’, Cardinal says

    MANILA, 01 October 2007— A ranking Catholic Church official has called on the faithful to come forward and report errant priests.
    Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales who heads the Commission on Clergy of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said “misbehaving” priests deserve serious action.
    “Parishioners can report them (misbehaving priests) to whoever next in line. (He) can be the bishop or the monsignor,” said Rosales, who is also the Archbishop of Manila.
    He vowed they would give due attention to any report and would do further action especially if a case merit further probe.
    In his pastoral jurisdiction, for instance, Rosales said that whenever they receive a complaint about a priest, they listen to it and then conduct an investigation.
    “We call the person involved.” Rosales said. When the complaint is grave, they ask the priest to “reconsider his vocation,” he said.
    But the prelate described as rare situation when some priests are reported for scandals and when they do, “there’s a good chance that the complaints are true,” he said.
    “Except when there are intrigues, it’s usually true when the report comes from lay people,” he also said.
    The cardinal is grateful contentious matter involving local priests is not very common unlike in other countries.

    A LETTER TO CARDINAL ROSALES:

    Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales
    Archbishop of Manila
    121 Arzobispo St., Intramuros,
    P.O. Box 132, 1099
    Manila, Philippines

    Dear Cardinal Rosales,

    Greetings in the Lord.

    I am forwarding my sworn statement concerning Most Rev. Filomeno G. Bactol, Bishop of Naval and the Clergy of the Diocese of Naval.

    You have vowed that due attention to any report and would further action especially if a case merit further probe.

    I have other statements and other material to back an investigation into this matter.

    I look forward hearing from you on this subject, since you made it clear that investigations would be conducted!

    Hope to hear from you soon,

    I remain,

    Sincerely yours in Christ, &
    Our Mother of Perpetual Help,

    (Bro) Stephen M. Greinke, MBPH
    Superior / President

  7. michael cialone Says:

    I hope that the Bible teachings are upheld and that proper action is taken. I was a fellow novice with Bro. Grienke during our novitiate year at the Redemptorist novitiate located in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Our novitiate was quite monastic in nature. I saw Bro. Grienke every day ! Daily chapel services, meals and religious classes were the norm and mandatory.

  8. michael cialone Says:

    Please keep me informed on the latest developments. It takes a lot of courage to confront those in the hierarchy. What I cannot understand, is why have so many theologians that teach unbiblical theories in higher Catholic institutions have not incurred excommunication ? What a mess that has developed over the years. Many confused priests that have spurious ideas concerning sexual ethics and eternal truths.

  9. Rev. Fr. Jessie Somosierra, Jr. Says:

    Michael,
    I am sorry, I was not been able to update this site because of priestly works in the parish.

    Any form of disciplinary measure must also undergo proper forum and process. The Church adhere also to proper process of Justice.

  10. jo Says:

    Good info.
    Satan is in overtime also others who is abusing minor.
    I will just reply from time to time so other church authorities can share there info on the web for its viewer like me.
    Nothing wrong in asking or question who is in power for betterment of an individual.
    In all history of the Philippines any catholic member or in authority disowned by the church?
    From one bed to another to one house to another to one town to another,maybe its time to marry some one if they often do that better to marry than scatter all over the place just a comment.
    Due to weakness in flesh sometimes made a mistake and others forgive them but not often,if it is often it is a different thing especially when they are in power and kow what they are doing just a comment.

  11. josie Says:

    No tolerance on misbehaving leaders and members to those who are very abusive and doing things frequently,I hope so?

    Garote or firing squad like the gomburza and rizal?


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