MANILA, Philippines — Two children — aged 9 and 3 — died at the hands of their parents in two separate incidents in the village of Maybunga, Pasig City over the weekend, police said Monday.
In both cases, the boys’ neighbors banded together to file complaints against their parents who allegedly maltreated them and brought on their sudden and early deaths.
The nine-year-old boy, identified as Fernando Alabado, allegedly fell down the stairs on Sunday evening and neighbors accused the boy’s parents, mother Mary Anne Soriano and her live-in partner Gregorio Oroseo, of maltreating him.
The family lived in West Bank Road, Floodway, in the village of Maybunga, Pasig City, reports said. Neighbors said the boy had been physically abused by his mother and stepfather several times.
Around Sunday midnight, the family’s next-door neighbor Marilyn Baarde, 29, said she was standing outside her house when she heard a loud thud from Soriano’s house.
When she checked inside, Baarde said she saw Alabado sprawled on the landing, unconscious and his hands tied.
Baarde said she and her siblings rushed the boy to the Pasig City General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
In their sworn statements to the police, Baarde and the family’s other neighbors said Soriano and Oroseo regularly beat up the boy.
“The boy always has bruises in different parts of his body,” Nenita Encenas, another neighbor told the police.
Soriano was charged with parricide while Oroseo was charged with child abuse at the Pasig City Office of the Prosecutor Monday morning, Police Officer 1 Clifford Hipolito, the investigating officer, said. He said the police would order an autopsy on the child’s body.
In another incident reported Monday, Bryan Gonzales, a three-year-old boy from the same village died after his own mother slammed his head against the wall.
Neighbors who went to the Pasig City police Monday morning accused the boy’s mother, identified as Michelle Gonzales, 22, of abusing the boy and eventually killing him on Saturday.
Jocelyn Lansang, Gonzales’ neighbor, said Bryan’s mother resented the boy and that she regularly beat him, hitting him in different parts of his body.
She reported that on Saturday, at about 11 a.m., she saw Gonzales force the boy to eat. When Bryan refused to eat, the mother got angry at her son and repeatedly slammed the boy’s head on the wall. In a tearful account, Lansang said she saw the boy convulse and die on the spot.
Lansang told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that she and other members of the community had previously warned Gonzales against beating her son, who had become withdrawn.
But recently, Lansang said Gonzales returned to her old ways. The neighbor said Gonzales resented the boy because his father left her.
The Pasig City police had sent investigators to Gonzales’ house to determine her liability.