Bagsak sa kulungan ang isang lalaki sa Baguio City matapos makuhanan ng video na minomolestya ang isang 10-anyos na batang babae sa loob ng jeep.
Dahil sa pangyayari, ipinost ito ni JM Olsim Madinno sa social media kasabay ng mga larawan ng lalaki kasama ang bata sa Burnham Park kung saan ipinagpatuloy pa nito ang kalaswaan.
“Natakot po ako para doon sa bata kasi alam ko po na bawal po ‘yun at bata pa ‘yung bata,” ayon kay Madinno.
Matapos isumbong ni Madinno sa mga pulis ang insidente, agad na nahuli ang lalaking chess instructor pala ng bata na noo’y nasa parke.
Hindi naman lubos akalain ng mga magulang ng bata na magagawa ng limang buwan nang instructor ang kalaswaan sa kanilang anak dahil pinaalam umano ng suspek na tuturuan ang bata ng chess.
“Na-shock ako kasi wala akong kamalay-malay tapos ang alam ko naman ‘yung kasama niyang coach eh mabait kasi parang pamilya rin ang turing namin sa kaniya kasi pumupunta rin naman sa bahay kapag may okasyon,” kwento ng nanay ng biktima.
“Masakit sa pakiramdam ko, kaya talagang kung puwede sana bugbugin ko ‘yung tao pero wala, hindi ko gustong manakit ng kapuwang tao,” sabi ng tatay ng bata.
Ayon naman sa suspek, may pagkakaintindihan sila ng bata at karelasyon niya ito.
“Nagkakaintindihan po kami, parang may relasyon po kami ganun. Kaya ‘yung paghawak ko sa lang sa leg niya, parang normal lang sa kaniya yun,” sabi ng suspek.
Kasong child abuse o paglabag sa Republic Act 7610 ang inisyal na reklamong isinampa laban sa suspek.
“Currently where investigating [kung ano pang mga kaso ang pwedeng i-file sa kanya.] Hindi po kasi natin alam kung ano po mga ginawa niya before and after,” ani Police Col. Allen Rae Co, City Director ng Baguio City Police Office.
Kasalukuyan nang nakakulong ang lalaki sa Baguio City Jail.
Dahil dito, pinuri ng netizen na si Cheryl L. Daytec-Yañgot ang katapangan na ipinakita ni Madinno.
Ito ang pahayag niya mula sa kanyang Facebook post:
HEROINE, MODEL, INSPIRATION. The young girl in the picture is one JM OLSIM MADINNO. I do not know her. I never met her. I would love to.
A few hours ago, JM Madinno rode a jeepney from La Trinidad to Baguio. She noticed that an adult was molesting a child, a girl, who was leaning on him. Secretly, JM took a video recording. She and her friends went to Burnham Park and saw the same man with the same child. His one arm was wrapped around the child whose attention was glued to a phone. Meanwhile, his other hand was moving on the child’s privates. JM took pictures.
JM reported the matter to the police. She also uploaded on the Baguio Sumbungan Forum FB Group the video and pictures she took. Within hours, the child molester, a chess/damath coach, was apprehended by the police. The child is one of the kids he has been coaching.
If we all try to be JM OLSIM MADINNO who, even if very young, courageously made a stand against evil, we can make the world a safe place for our children and everyone. The government has interagency committees to end sexual exploitation of children. One challenge is how to get everyone to be a JM whose concern went beyond herself to an innocent stranger.
I have to further commend JM because she took extra care to protect the privacy of the girl-child by blurring the latter‘s face in the pictures.
Let us all try to be a JM. She embraces the pain of others as hers. She teaches us not to lose hope in humanity. Hers should be the face of that humanity.
We apologize to JM for the public bashing she got. She should have reported the matter to the police, bashers say.Geez, she did that. JM should not have blurred the victim’s face, so people could identify her, bashers say. Ha???
Thankfully, JM is a cut above all of us. Even if herself very young, she knew exactly what to do. There were adults in that jeepney. Some of them must have seen what this girl of tender years saw and found not right. But who made a stand? Who stood up?
The police say JM was afraid and confused as to what to do about what she witnessed. But in the end, she rose above her fears and did what no adult in that jeepney she fortuitously took did. That is courage. It is not being fearless; it is rising above one’s fear to do the right thing even at great peril to oneself.
Addendum: Again, bashing is starting because this girl’s face is becoming viral. (I am being bashed.) JM was courageous to post the incident using her name and account with her pictures. Hers is the face of courage. Do not take that away from her with your “concerns” for her safety. Do not take away the heroism in the decision she took.
JM is a very young teacher. She revealed her own identity. She posted the evidence in her name. She went to the police. She did not use an alias. She had a picture with the police – this one I posted which was first posted by the police. Unlike us, she was willing to go beyond personal concerns.
I want to pay tribute to her courage.
Sometimes it is when we care more for our own safety that we are limited in our efforts to help. So we would rather shut our eyes. But this girl is teaching us selflessness. Let us receive the lesson. Let us spread her courage. If we cant be selfless as she is, let us honor her courage. Let her name be on the lips of everyone. And may her face be recognized by all of us as the face of humanity.