MANILA, Philippines - A Senate report reveals an average of 50 children are abandoned by parents every month.
This has prompted Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez and Abante party-list Rep. Maximo Rodriguez, Jr. to introduce a measure imposing higher penalties for delinquent parents.
Under House Bill 1056, parents who abandon their children face a jail term of six months and one day to 12 years and a fine of at least P50,000 but not more than P100,000. The current fines on the various violations on child abandonment range from P5,000 to P15,000.
"The parents have that duty to be able to take care of their children. This is found in the family code. This is our duty," Rodriguez said.
He said: "Parents who are giving orders for their children to steal or allowing their children to be used by criminal syndicates will also be liable to six years imprisonment."
ABS-CBN Umagang Kay Ganda, May 10, 2012