CEBU -- The parents of three St. Theresa’s College (STC) students who were not allowed to attend their graduation are being sued for allegedly neglecting their children and tolerating their vices.
They were charged with child abuse by STC officials led by Sister Celeste Maria Purisima Pe, along with three members of the STC alumni and other parents.
The students were punished after pictures of them wearing a bikini and smoking and drinking were posted in a social networking site.
Based on the complaint, the parents of the three students allegedly violated Republic Act 7610, or the Anti-Child Abuse Law, in relation to Article 59 of Presidential Decree (PD) 603, or the Child and Youth Welfare Code, for allowing their daughters to “live immoral and dissolute lives.”
School lawyer Joan Largo, in an interview Monday, said the parents violated the law because they allowed their children to go to bars, which are off-limits to minors, to drink liquor and smoke.
“That these minors were able to enter the bar, be served with and drink hard liquor and smoke; that these minors were indecent in their actions as evidenced by the lack of restraint in displaying the private parts of their bodies and in roaming around town showing off their undergarment, are conclusive evidence of lack of parental control and supervision and are conclusive evidence that these parents and guardian, by neglect or by intent, caused these children to lead immoral and dissolute lives,” the complaint said.
Under Article 55 of PD 603, parents “shall take special care to prevent the child from becoming addicted to intoxicating drinks, narcotic drugs, smoking, gambling and other vices or harmful practices.”
Largo cited that allowing minors to enter bars also violates a Cebu City ordinance.
Pe and other STC officials said one of the parents of the three students even issued statements in the media that she saw nothing wrong with her daughter’s actions.
Lawyer Cornelio Mercado, lawyer for the three students, told Sun.Star Cebu STC officials must be restless and disturbed.
He said he can’t wait for them to testify in court.(Sun.Star Cebu)