THE Minglanilla Police Station will file charges on Monday, March 20, against six persons who allegedly attempted to kidnap a 10-year-old Grade 4 pupil of Minglanilla Central School around noon Thursday.
Superintendent Dexter Calacar, the town police chief, said they cannot press "attempted kidnapping" charges against the six persons because the Revised Penal Code only punishes "kidnapping."
He said the suspects failed to force the girl inside the van.
James Kevie Paradela, 18, admitted touching the girl, but denied their group intend to abduct the pupil.
He said he only touched the girl because he wanted to buy guavas.
Calacar said they can only file a complaint for violation of Republic Act (RA) 7610, or the Special Protection of Children against Abuse, Exploitation, and Discrimination Act, against Paradela, Rheamay Sagmon, Estela Montes, Marian Serenio, Reymart Abobo, and Federico dela Cruz.
Calacar said the girl was frightened.
RA 7610 defines child abuse as maltreatment of a minor, which includes “psychological and physical abuse, neglect, cruelty, sexual abuse and emotional maltreatment” and “any act by deeds or words which debases, degrades or demeans the intrinsic worth and dignity of a child as a human being.”
The law also punishes any person “who shall commit any other acts of child abuse, cruelty, or exploitation or to be responsible for other conditions prejudicial to the child’s development.” (KAL/SunStar Cebu)