Number of incest cases in Philippines increasing

Nov 4, 2010 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: ABS-CBN News

The Child Protection Unit-Philippines on Thursday expressed concern over the high incidence of incest cases in the country.

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ELIAS IBARRA

Barrigada, Guam

#130 Nov 19, 2010
SoObviouslyFarting,
Post 3...to be continued
Given the inbreeding of the various clans, a high proportion of children are born with birth defects, mental retardation, and physical deformities. One of Moore-Emmett’s narrators reports that, in the Kingston group, birth defects are viewed as “God’s punishment of mothers who are not sufficiently submissive to their husbands or faithful to the church”(p. 68). A narrator from a different group, however, said that mothers hope for a Downs’ syndrome baby because that means another $500 per month in government subsidy, as well as a more compliant child (p.173). Moore-Emmett states that her interviews revealed that many of the disfigured and disabled children in that group, afterward referred to as “poofers,” had disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

Under the “Law of Sarah,” subsequent wives are permitted to essentially be treated as slaves by the first wife. As in the Old Testament, where Sarah, first wife of Abraham, held sway over Hagar, his concubine, the first wife is sanctioned to control relations between her husband and additional wives. The normal jealousy that would be expected in one having to give her husband to another woman is played out in often-vicious treatment among the women, assuring that alliances are never cemented.

The secrecy surrounding multiple “marriages” has several consequences. The subsequent marriages are neither legally sanctioned nor publicly recognized. At the weddings of additional wives, earlier wives are often relegated to the background as “friends of the family” to preserve the lie of monogamy. However, the new bride is often prohibited from having any wedding pictures taken because any record of the marriage would blow the polygamists’ cover. Children are often not told who their father is because they might inadvertently reveal the family secret. They believe the stories concocted by their mothers, of truck-driver fathers who will one day come home. They wait eagerly in anticipation and wonder at every truck that passes by. Brothers and sisters think they are cousins or not related at all, despite their living in the same house.

This social system is kept in place through inbreeding, indoctrination, and ignorance. The control of women begins in childhood. Under the guise of modesty, girls and women are required to wear long dresses that cover and “shame the female form.” In some groups, they remain dressed in “frilly frocks and pinafores, white socks, and long hair in curls and bows”(p. 112); in others, they wear “long-sleeved, ankle-length dresses over leggings so they are completely covered”(p. 125). Rarely are young women allowed to continue their education past the age of 14. They may be given in marriage as young as 9, and often to men twice or three times their age. Children are used as barter: If a man wants to marry the young daughter of his friend, he may give his own daughter in exchange. While women are allowed some say in the matter, the issue of choice is questionable. As Moore-Emmett states:

There can be no consent when girls are born into polygamy and, through isolation and limited education, do not know of any other choices. There can be no consent when women are recruited and go thru the conversion process without understanding how mind control takes place physically and mentally.(p. 40)
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Real Elias Ibarra
Guam
ELIAS IBARRA

Barrigada, Guam

#131 Nov 19, 2010
SoObviouslyFarting,
Post 4...END

If the first wife should protest the marriage of a second wife, polygamous Mormons use the scriptures to enforce compliance. First wives are reminded about Emma, first wife of Joseph Smith, who (so the story goes) is told by God that she will be destroyed if she does not accept polygamy. Guilt and fear are powerful motivators.

The book also exposes some of the ineffectual attempts by the Department of Children’s Services and the District Attorney’s office to protect the children from physical and sexual violence. Moore-Emmett states that “The state legislature is consistently 90% Mormon …, and several polygamist men serve in local government positions, including as mayors … and councilmen”(p. 31). Asserting that “the attitude between Mormons and Mormon fundamentalist polygamists is that of kissing cousins with more similarities than differences”(p. 30), Moore-Emmett suggests that the heavily Mormon Utah government is unduly tolerant of polygamy and reluctant to acknowledge the abuses such a lifestyle seems to breed. And although the official stance of the mainstream Mormon Church is against polygamy, several of the women’s stories reveal leaders who looked the other way at the deviant sects and blamed the women who came to them for help. Whether these officials are simply misinformed, incompetent, or fear for their lives remains to be established.

Although the book does not explore the full picture of the psychological consequences of polygamy, it alludes to symptoms easily recognized as post-traumatic distress. Flashbacks, isolation, eating disorders, depression, suicidality, anxiety, and low self-esteem are a few of the indicators mentioned in passing.

In summary, this little 240-odd-page book is packed with important information for anyone interested in polygamous groups. Seen through the eyes of eighteen courageous women, the underworld of polygamy unfolds in all its dimensions. A glossary of terms is provided for the reader so that the various practices, beliefs, and jargon are made understandable. The book reads like a novel and touches the heart.
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Most of America's sickness are traceable to inbreeding or incest!!! The Mormon cult is the number one promoter of incest in the United States and is exporting this satanic concept all over the world!!!
Real Elias Ibarra
Guam

TNN

“TigulangNaNi”

Since: Jun 10

Bicolandia

#133 Nov 19, 2010
SoObviousItHurts wrote:
<quoted text>
Typical Pinoy response...you post drivel to the world and then wonder why others call you out.
I asked you as imple question. The fact you refuse to answer is telling. That's expected of those who cannot debate without creating fantasy and conspiracy.
You lose.
Yeah right...a typical response to those who deserves it.
Do you really think I'm going to shoot myself in the mouth like you always do?

Ask yourself the same question and let us see how you handle it. Jezz...what a crackpot!

TNN

“TigulangNaNi”

Since: Jun 10

Bicolandia

#134 Nov 19, 2010
max wrote:
why is it so surprising?
i have one filipino neighbor who have kids with his daughter. i thought they were common in Philippines?
Are you sure it's his daughter and not your wife?
ELIAS IBARRA

Barrigada, Guam

#135 Nov 20, 2010
The website posted below would indicate as to why Mormons get confused!!! It is because members themselves are victims of incest and rapes within the Mormon cult itself:
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Search ResultsUtah Statistics are the Worst in the Nation for Depression ...
Incest/Sex Abuse in Zion ... are the Worst in the Nation for Depression, Rape, Child ... It that were true, Utah (which is two-thirds Mormon ...
www.mormonstruth.org/statistics.html - Cached
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The people of Utah who are mostly Mormons have the worst records for depression compared to that of the whole United States!!! And that is not unusual for the sexually battered!!! When a father becomes the husband and the sexual tormentor of his own daughters, when a brother becomes the lover of his very own sisters, or when a mother becomes the sexual supplier of her son, it is but natural that the emotions of the young ones become haywire!!! NO TO MORMON INCEST!!!
Real Elias Ibarra
Guam
Kamahameha The Great

Aiea, HI

#136 Nov 21, 2010
Secrets of Incest Haunt Filipina Victims

By Michael A. Bengwayan

Writer, Journalist - Philippines








Julia Malado (not her real name) loves her three children so much. Her love
made her decide to slave as an overseas maid in Hong Kong to give her children a better future.


Unfortunately, the day she left to seek employment was the beginning of hell for her two daughters.



Her eldest daughter, Katrina, against her will and through violent physical harm, was sexually molested by her father several times. Not content with his devilish acts, the father turned to the younger daughter, Mina, for his carnal desires.



This scenario is a living symbolism of a tool kit against child sexual abuse called, "Daughter," A Story of Incest in the Philippines developed by a non-governmental organization working for children's rights — The Stairway Foundation. It also personifies the growing and alarming rate of incest cases in the country as caused by the migration of mothers who leave to work abroad for the welfare of their children.



Singaporean journalist Abby Tan, who has written several child sexual molestation articles, says there is a growing public concern over a disturbing new trend of domestic child abuse in the Philippines. This is about incest, and many studies link the problem to the weakening of the Philippine family unit and the trend for poorer parents to spend long periods abroad as migrant labor.



Kamahameha The Great

Aiea, HI

#137 Nov 21, 2010
Incest on the rise with feminization of overseas labor

By Veronica Uy
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 16:01:00 03/09/2007

Filed Under: Migration, Social Issues, Family, Gender Issues, Children

MANILA, Philippines -- As more Filipino mothers leave for work abroad, incest between a daughter and the father who are left behind has become an emerging social problem, a non-government organization said Friday.

However, the Kanlungan Center said the scandalous nature of incest has kept the problem hidden despite its growing seriousness.

Loida Bernabe, program officer of Kanlungan's direct support and development program, acknowledged receiving only one call for help on an incest case but added she believes the problem is more common than believed.

“Nangyayari talaga ito dahil malayo sa pamilya at ang tingin sa mga anak ay pag-aari [It really happens because of the distance between spouses and because children are viewed as possessions],” she said.

She spoke of a runaway maid in Singapore who wrote to Kanlungan September last year about her 13-year-old daughter’s account of being raped by her father.

The mother said she had already asked a relative to take the girl away but worried about her nine-year-old daughter, who with her six-year-old son, remained with her husband.

Bernabe said she referred the case to the archdiocese in Mindanao to which the overseas Filipino worker’s (OFW) hometown belonged.

On Thursday, International Women's Day, Senator Pia Cayetano also called public attention to “an emerging problem in labor-exporting countries like the Philippines.”

The senator, who returned recently from New York where she represented the Philippine Senate at the 51st Session of the Commission for the Status of Women, noted that older daughters of women OFWs are made to take on the roles left by their mother, sometimes as “substitute spouses.”

"This disturbing phenomenon of the girl-child being turned into substitute spouse has been happening in our country along with the feminization of labor migration," said Cayetano, who noted that women now comprise 70 percent of Filipino workers deployed abroad.

“The problem remains largely unreported, however, due to its sensitive nature and mainly because of the fear of the girl-child to file a formal complaint against her own father which would bring severe stress and shame to her and her family," the senator said.

As a result, she said the abused daughter is forced to become an "adult" at an early age, depriving her of the opportunities and rights of being a child.

She described the phenomenon as one of the most damaging social impacts of labor migration, one that can never be measured by any of the government's socio-economic indicators or captured by statistics on labor export.

The international forum-session, entitled "A parliamentary perspective on discrimination and violence against the girl child," was jointly organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), of which Cayetano is first vice president of the Coordinating Committee of Women Parliamentarians, and the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women (UNDAW).

Cayetano presented the problem of incest among families left behind by OFWs at the forum-session, which stressed the need to push for national laws and policies to protect girls from violence and abuse.
Kamahameha The Great

Aiea, HI

#138 Nov 21, 2010
Understanding Incest in the Philippines*
Women’s Legal Bureau, Inc. for SIBOL
Email: wlb@philonline.com.ph

Incest: A Growing Reality

Incest cases are increasingly reported in the Philippines. Data from the Department of Social Work and Development (DSWD) reveals the prevalence of incest nationwide. From 1991 to 1996, the number of reported incest cases reached 1, 835 from 45 in 1991. For 1996 alone, the DSWD documented 624 cases of incest out of the 2, 621 reported cases of sexual abuse of children. The top five regions with the most number of reported incest cases are the National Capital Region with 178 cases, followed by Region IV (100 cases), Region III (50 cases), Region VII (44 cases), and Region V (42 cases).

In a research conducted by the Women’s Legal Bureau, Inc.(WLB) covering 478 Philippine Supreme Court decisions on rape from 1961 to 1992, 447 or 71 percent of the 630 rapists involved were known to the victims. Of this figure, 58 cases were conclusively incestuous, that is, committed by blood relatives, including stepfathers. The study further reveals that in addition to the 58 cases, 158 cases were committed by acquaintances (long time neighbors, classmates, and friends of the victims’ parents, accounting for 25 percent of the perpetrators), 21 cases by in-laws, 20 cases by persons in authority and 46 cases by friends.

On the other hand, the 1996 study conducted by the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s Studies Foundation, Inc., shows that 30 percent of 1,000 cases of family violence that occurred from 1994 to the first quarter of 1996 were committed against children. Thirty-three percent of these cases were incestuous. The cases came from the files of the government and non-government organizations.

The increased reporting of incest cases may be due to a greater awareness of children’s rights. The reported cases, however do not reflect the actual incidence of incest. The actual prevalence of incest may never be known primarily because of various factors that hinder its reporting.

Incest cases are usually covered as part of studies on rape, child abuse and violence against women. Available data covers only reported cases and is mostly quantitative. Little is known about the profile of incest victims, their abusers and the circumstances behind incest. A comprehensive research on incest in the Philippines is urgently needed.
Kamahameha The Great

Aiea, HI

#139 Nov 21, 2010
Understanding Incest in the Philippines*
Women’s Legal Bureau, Inc. for SIBOL
Email: wlb@philonline.com.ph

Profile of Incest in the Philippine Experience

Age

Perpetrator. Based on the collated newspaper reports, majority of the abusers belongs to the 30-45 age group. The youngest reported perpetrator was 14 years old while the eldest was 80. In 15 cases, the age of the reported abuser was not mentioned.

Majority of the incest cases handled by the WLB from 1991 to 1997 involved adult abusers. One case involved four minor offenders (six to thirteen years old), but they were older than their victim.

A number of the professionals and direct service providers interviewed said that incest is also committed by minors who are older or of the same age as their victims. A clinical psychologist pointed out that what is more important than age is the maturity of the mind of the offender making him capable of manipulating the victim at a cognitive level.

Victim. In the newspaper reports, the youngest victim was one year and eight months old while the oldest was 27 years old who was raped by a 40-year old uncle. Most victims belonged to the 5-14 age group. Five victims were of legal age (18-27).

Similarly, in WLB’s cases, most victims were in the 5-16 age group. The youngest victims was three years old while the oldest was twenty-five. There were four adult women victims-survivors, three of whom were abused when they were young girls by the same abusers.

Professionals and direct service providers confirmed that adults can be victims of incest.

Sex

Abuser. The WLB study of court decisions on rape shows that all offenders in the 58 clearly incestuous cases were male. Nearly all the offenders in the incest cases handled by WLB were men.

Victim. An overwhelming majority of the victims-survivors are female. There were only isolated reports of cases of male victims.
Kamahameha The Great

Aiea, HI

#140 Nov 21, 2010
Understanding Incest in the Philippines*
Women’s Legal Bureau, Inc. for SIBOL
Email: wlb@philonline.com.ph

Relationship of Abuser and the Victim

Twenty-nine cases reported in the newspapers involved the biological father as the abuser while seven cases involved stepfathers. Uncles were the abusers in 12 cases while grandfathers figured in seven cases and cousins in six. Other abusers were brothers (3), nephew (1), family friend (1), trusted neighbor (1), father-in-law (1), godfather (1), househelp (1), and foster father (1).

Some victims were sexually molested by more than one abuser.

In Tulipat’s thesis, which involved 18 case studies, almost the same information was gathered. There were six cases of abuse by biological fathers, followed by uncles (6) and cousins (5). Other abusers were stepfathers (2), brothers (biological and stepbrother)(2), distant relatives (2), child-minders (2) and a neighbor.

In a review of 26 incest cases handled by the WLB from 1991-1997, eight victims were abused by their biological fathers and three by their stepfathers. One victim-survivor who suffered multiple abuse from her biological father was also molested by her three brothers and two cousins. Another victim, a three-year- old girl, was abused by her grandfather. In another case, the victim was abused by her aunt’s common -law husband whom she considered her foster father. Another was abused by her common-law husband’s uncle. One case involved a five-year -old girl abused by a family friend, another victim of the same age was abused by the owner of their family’s rented room.

Among the 58 clearly incestuous rapes that were decided by the Supreme Court, the top offenders were fathers (21 cases), followed by stepfathers and uncles (13 cases each). The other offenders were cousins (6 cases), brothers (2 cases), nephews (2 cases), and grandfather (1 case).

A relationship of trust and confidence or the existence of emotional bonding is noted in cases where blood or affinity relationships exist (e.g. involving a father -in- law, godfather or foster father). The same can also be said in the case involving a househelp. As to the rest, cases of emotional bonding or relationship of trust and confidence of authorship has to be present to qualify the abuse as incest. An examination of the cases involving a trusted neighbor and family friend revealed that the children-victims were entrusted by their mothers at the time of the abuse.
Kamahameha The Great

Aiea, HI

#141 Nov 21, 2010
Philippines
FILIPINO WOMEN AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE: SPEAKING OUT
AND PROVIDING SERVICES
Dee Dicen Hunt and Cora Sta. Ana-Gatbonton
Centre for Philippine Concerns-Australia, Brisbane Branch
FILIPINO SEXUALITY
The Filipino concept of sexuality is ambiguous, its meaning socially and personally
defined by the dominant cultural group and prescribed by social expectations usually
in terms of masculinity and femininity. Consequently, as SIBOL argues:
The long tradition of women's cultural, economic and social subordination has
subjected them to sexual repression, effectively denying control over their own bodies
and, in many cases, to sexual violence.[16]
Sexuality in the Philippines is distinguished by a double standard that expects women
to remain virgins until marriage while men are allowed to enjoy sexual freedom. This
double standard is reflected in the attitude towards wives who commit adultery
(morally unacceptable) while unfaithful husbands are condoned, "they are men, after
all…". Young women who lose their virginity before marriage, whether through rape
or in a relationship, diminish their chances for a "good" marriage, while young men
can "sow wild oats" with abandon and be even admired for being so "manly".
Young women feel pressured into early marriages to legalize sexual relations or to
avoid the stigma of becoming "old maids". Young men, on the other hand, are
allowed to express their sexuality freely, and are sometimes initiated by fathers who
take their sons to brothels for sexual intercourse with women.[17]
In the realm of the extended family, the control of women's sexuality aims to regulate
inheritance; as Atty. Evalyn Ursua argues, "to guard against the introduction of
illegitimate children into the family." Philippine laws on adultery and concubinage
simply reflect society's double standard in the treatment of sexual infidelity.[18]
By making a distinction between 'legitimate' and 'illegitimate' children, between
'legitimate' and 'illegitimate' families, society justifies treating 'wives' and
'concubines', and their children, differently as far as property inheritance is concerned.
This differential treatment also influences how 'illegitimate' members of the family
are treated and 'used' by the patriarch.(For a further discussion on this issue see the
section of this paper headed The Double Standard In Marital Infidelity.)
Religion, specifically Roman Catholicism, was introduced by the Spanish colonizers
to facilitate their rule over the local people, especially to neutralize the influence of
independent women at that time.… Monogamous marriage and chastity were
inculcated alongside the institutionalization of property ownership. The Filipino
woman then became subordinate to a male figure: her father before marriage, her
husband after marriage.[19]
Kamahameha The Great

Aiea, HI

#142 Nov 21, 2010
Philippines
FILIPINO WOMEN AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE: SPEAKING OUT
AND PROVIDING SERVICES
Dee Dicen Hunt and Cora Sta. Ana-Gatbonton
Centre for Philippine Concerns-Australia, Brisbane Branch
Cont'
For a discussion on cultural prescriptions for women's domesticity and status in the
context of cultural sexism, see "The Ideology of Female Domesticity: Its Impact on
the Status of Filipino Women" by Carolyn Israel-Sobritchea.[20]
Filipino sexuality is conditioned by many factors; by social institutions like school,
church and the mass media.
Mass media, especially movies, television, and entertainment magazines, treat women
as sexual objects. Cyberspace technology has of late been an added source of
sexuality constructs as pornography becomes popularly available to users.[21]
Through specific provisions in the Constitution, even the State has a hand in defining
Filipino sexuality. Policies concretely link marriage, the family and society: marriage
is the foundation of the family, and the family is the foundation of the nation. The
sexual act, by virtue of Church and State edicts, should occur only in marriage for
procreation. Sex for sheer pleasure is morally unacceptable even as society has a
silent, tacit acceptance of sex outside marriage. The debate over homosexuality, let
alone same-sex marriages, is scuttled by both Church and State. Sexuality, therefore,
despite the insistence of some quarters that it is a purely private decision, has never
been private. Governing rules and institutions, official or traditional, shape people's
consciousness of what is acceptable and unacceptable, what is normal and what is
deviant or perverse.[22]
Homosexuality is not illegal in the Philippines. However, only the Family Code [23]
specifically mentions homosexuality. SIBOL argues that "The treatment of
homosexuality and homosexuals in the legal system may be described in three ways:
(1) homosexuality is an aberration; (2) homosexuals are invisible; (3) homosexuals
are denied rights granted to heterosexuals." [24]
Marriage and family are heterosexual units in the Family Code. Marriage between
couples of the same sex is thus not possible under Philippine law and homosexual
relationships are not included in the legal concept of family. "Lesbianism or
homosexuality" of one party to the marriage is stated as grounds for legal separation
and for the annulment of marriage.[25]
Upon the severance of the marital union either through legal separation or annulment,
the homosexual spouse is considered the guilty party and loses her/his rights of
inheritance from the other spouse, and as well as any claim to the conjugal property,
she/he may also lose custody of the children.[26]
SIBOL sees the treatment of homosexuals in law as a reflection of the homophobia
pervasive in social institutions and Philippine society in general. The way
homosexuals are treated under the legal system is a clear violation of the
constitutional mandates of "equal protection of the law" and "equality before the law
of women and men." [27]
ELIAS IBARRA

Barrigada, Guam

#143 Nov 21, 2010
Kamahameha The Great wrote:
Secrets of Incest Haunt Filipina Victims
By Michael A. Bengwayan
Writer, Journalist - Philippines
Julia Malado (not her real name) loves her three children so much. Her love
made her decide to slave as an overseas maid in Hong Kong to give her children a better future.
Unfortunately, the day she left to seek employment was the beginning of hell for her two daughters.
Her eldest daughter, Katrina, against her will and through violent physical harm, was sexually molested by her father several times. Not content with his devilish acts, the father turned to the younger daughter, Mina, for his carnal desires.
This scenario is a living symbolism of a tool kit against child sexual abuse called, "Daughter," A Story of Incest in the Philippines developed by a non-governmental organization working for children's rights — The Stairway Foundation. It also personifies the growing and alarming rate of incest cases in the country as caused by the migration of mothers who leave to work abroad for the welfare of their children.
Singaporean journalist Abby Tan, who has written several child sexual molestation articles, says there is a growing public concern over a disturbing new trend of domestic child abuse in the Philippines. This is about incest, and many studies link the problem to the weakening of the Philippine family unit and the trend for poorer parents to spend long periods abroad as migrant labor.
Kamahameha The Great,
Now, the next question is from which religions do this incest victims and criminals come from??? I could see the modern Padre Damasos shrink in size when noticing this question!!! I could see the ministers of the Protestant cults blush in embarrassments!!! Yes, incest in the Philippines are committed within the Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Mormon cults!!! What is my proof??? The headcounts in the Philippine jails!!! Ninety nine point ninety nine percent belong to the false religions of Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, and Mormonism!!! Bato-bato sa langit, ang tamaan huwag sana magagalit!!! It is the fault of the false holy father of the Vatican for not inculcating the right spiritual morals on his members and daughter churches, the Protestant cults!!!
Real Elias Ibarra
Guam
Kamahameha The Great

Aiea, HI

#144 Nov 21, 2010
Incest is Dangerous

A 44-YEAR-OLD man was yesterday charged with parricide before the Makati City Prosecutor's Office for killing his 21-year-old son who was said to be having an affair with his own 19-year-old sister.

Eulogio Bacarro admitted killing his son Bryan. "It was too much," was all Bacarro said after he was charged with his son's killing. The young Bacarro on Monday died from several stab wounds in his father's house at 4050 Bernardino St., Laperal Compound in Barangay Guadalupe Viejo, Makati City.

Makati City police homicide investigator PO2 Juvenal Barbossa said the stabbing happened while father and son were arguing. Police said the young Bacarro pulled out a knife but his father managed to wrest the knife from him and used it to stab him repeatedly.

The argument between father and son began when the young Bacarro fetched his sister from his father's house on Monday afternoon, police said. The siblings, police said, were living in a rented house in Mandaluyong City as husband and wife. But the older Bacarro learned of the incestuous affair and took home his daughter, police said.

The young Bacarro, police said, then went to his father's house to fetch his sister, triggering the argument with his father. The older Bacarro surrendered to police after the stabbing. He told police that his daughter admitted she was her brother's lover but claimed that he had been raping her since April.
Kamahameha The Great

Aiea, HI

#145 Nov 21, 2010
‘Moral degeneration’ blamed for rise of incest cases
Published Date: November 11, 2010

A PRIEST says a moral malaise in the Philippines is responsible for the rising numbers of incest cases in the country.

Child Protection Unit Network (CPU)-Philippines legal consultant Katrina Legarda said 33 percent of the total child abuse incidents recorded in 2009 around the country were incest.

“Sad to say, there is that level of moral degeneration,” said Father Melvin Castro of the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life of the Catholic bishops’ conference.

He said the moral foundation of the Filipino people has become weak.

“What do you expect? If this is what people see then it won’t be surprising if respect for one’s own relative will also vanish,” the priest said.

Legarda blamed the high incidence of incest on the increasing number of Filipino women working overseas, as well as alcohol and drug abuse.

“This disturbing phenomenon of the girl-child being turned into substitute spouse has been happening in our country along with the feminization of labor migration,” she said.
Kamahameha The Great

Aiea, HI

#146 Nov 21, 2010
READ OTHER NEWS READER COMMENT baigwapo wrote:
how about phedopile priests who prey on children, do the church did something on that? clean your own house first before meddling on the govt.
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CBCP urges government, private sector to address incest cases
By Evelyn Macairan (The Philippine Star) Updated November 14, 2010 12:00 AM Comments (3)

MANILA, Philippines – An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) yesterday said he is surprised by the growing incidence of incest in the country as reported by the Child Protection Unit (CPU)-Philippines.

CBCP-Episcopal Commission of Family and Life (ECFL) executive secretary Fr. Melvin Castro said incestuous relationships develop in a society when the moral foundation is weak.

“This (structure of permissiveness) should be jointly addressed by the Church, government, and the private sector,” he said.

Because of this, he said the Church should intensify its evangelization.

CPU earlier reported that Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula) topped the list of areas having the most number of reported incest cases in 2009 with 90 cases; followed by Region VII (Central Visayas) with 82; Region III, 60; Region II (Cagayan Valley) and National Capital Region with 50 each; and Region I (Ilocos Region) with 49.

It blamed the high incidence of incest in the country to the increasing number of women working overseas, as well as alcohol and drug abuse.

“This disturbing phenomenon of the girl-child being turned into substitute spouse has been happening in our country along with the feminization of labor migration,” CPU legal consultant Katrina Legarda said.
Kamahameha The Great

Aiea, HI

#148 Nov 21, 2010
Cont'
Incest cases rising
By Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News
Posted at 11/07/2010 10:18 PM | Updated as of 11/07/2010 10:24 PM
OFW families
Dr. Bernadette Madrid, executive director of the Child Protection Network, attributes this rise to the growing number of families forced to live with the mothers away from home, such as the millions of overseas Filipino workers'(OFW) families around the country.
"Once the mother is away, the situation becomes high risk," says Madrid. To date, there is no study that directly relates the upsurge of incest to the OFW phenomenon.
Madrid however, says that the connection is very likely.
Available data could very well be just the tip if the iceberg, says Madrid, because incest is a highly shameful occurence for any family, and not everyone is willing to admit that such a thing would be possible in their own home.
"But this is a reality," she says. "We all would want to think this could only be possible with other families, not ours. But incest is one thing that transcends all socioeconomic boundaries."
Sleeping in same room
Rubio of the Haven for Women however recalls a common factor with incest victims that come under their care. "It's a consideration sometimes, when families sleep in just one room, the parents and the children together. When a child's body begins to develop, he or she becomes vulnerable."
Jennylin has been with the Haven for Women for nearly five years, and has expressed her desire to move on and get a job outside of the shelter. But the desire comes with one condition.
"I'm not going back to my family. I'm gonna get a job elsewhere, gather my siblings, and finally take care of them like I promised my mother."
Jennylin also expressed no desire to reunite with her father, whom she and her siblings now accuse of having received money from their uncle, in exchange for the right to sexually abuse them. True or not, the father and daughter's bond has been severed for the rest of "Jennylin's" life.
Dr. Madrid explains this as a natural reaction to incest. "The impact on a victim is much, much greater for incest than with stranger rape. The betrayal of trust is immense. No one is supposed to love me better than my family... and yet they are the ones who did this? The child will never trust again."
To battle incest, child welfare advocates see the solution in two things: One, is to try and keep the family together; and two, is for people to remember the roles and responsibilites of each member of the family.
"Just because you feed them, just because they are your offspring or your grandchildren or nephews and nieces, doesn't mean they are your property," Rubio reiterates to those who may forget. "Nothing you provide them will ever give you the right to do with them as you please, and abuse them in any way."
Kamahameha The Great

Aiea, HI

#149 Nov 21, 2010
Article: PSWD notes sharp rise in rape cases.(Provincial News)
Article from:Manila Bulletin Article date:November 5, 2004CopyrightCOPYRIGHT

COTABATO CITY (PNA) Rape and other sexual abuses against minors in North Cotabato have increased by at least 50 percent this year, records from the provincial social welfare and development (PSWD) office show.

Since January this year, the PSWD office, through its Crisis Intervention Center (CIC), has catered to 17 children who had been sexually abused. It was learned that five of them had been victims of incestuous rape.

In 2003, the CIC extended assistance and counseling to only nine young victims of sexual abuse, two of whom were of incest origin. Records show the youngest of the incest victims was a six-year- old girl who had been raped by her father since she was three.
SoObviousItHurts

Lake Zurich, IL

#150 Nov 23, 2010
Rizalino L. Arrabis (Elias) pretends that Mormons who practice polygamy are guilty of inbreeding. Two thoughts:

1) True Mormons, i.e. the Chiurch of Latter Day Saints do not believe in polygamy. In fact, they excommunicate anyone who practices it. I found that fact simply by Googling "polygamy + Mormons.

2) Rizalino condemns those who believe it is alright to interbreed. He claims they have higher rates of birth defects and anomalies. Funny...Rizalino also believe that he came from Adam and Eve. I believe that some incest was happening there, Rizalino. Maybe that explains why you are mentally challenged and can't get laid.
SoObviousItHurts

Lake Zurich, IL

#151 Nov 23, 2010
TNN wrote:
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Yeah right...a typical response to those who deserves it.
Do you really think I'm going to shoot myself in the mouth like you always do?
Ask yourself the same question and let us see how you handle it. Jezz...what a crackpot!
Bwahahahahaha!

Here is what you wrote a week ago.
Are we incestuous? Yes! That is if we, Biblically, consider ourselves descendants of Adam and Eve.
I asked if you believe you came from Adam and Eve. I didn't realize that was sucha sensitive query for you. Your tap dance simply illustrates your inability to maintain a position in debate.

How would I answer the question? The same way I have for the last two years here, assclown. I believe that organized religion is a scam. I think that the Bible is a pretty good story book. Like many fables, it delivers a message but is utter fantasy. I analogized it with the Harry Potter series - just because it is incredibly popular, England is a real place and a few moral messages are portrayed does not make Harry a real person. So too, I maintain that the evolution story is just that, a way to placate those with limited understanding. I subscribe to the scientific theory of evolution. Humanity has evolved from more primitive life forms. Well, some of us have. You can keep hoping and waiting for your miracle to happen though. LOL!

Fool. When you are a puppy it is unwise to tangle with the alpha male. Lesson over.

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