Rocks thrown at cars: Who is responsible?
MANILA, Philippines — It was a cool Monday evening, a mother was driving on the south bound section of C5. It was relatively early, only around 8pm, the mother had no worries. On board was her 2-year-old baby.
Moments later, her car window cracked, with her baby’s tiny face only a few inches away. Someone had thrown a rock at the car, striking the window.
“The rock almost penetrated (the window) but didn't. We cannot imagine what could have been if it did,” Kimberly Tan-Evangelista posted on Facebook after her quick encounter with a “faceless prankster" on July 20.
The window did not shatter, her baby went unscratched. A sigh of relief sliced the mother's panic.
She shared that a friend had a similar experience only a week before, along C5 going north while traversing under a bridge. The post went viral and gathered netizens with the same grievances.
(We catch them, but we can't file charges because they're minors. Unlinke in Mandaluyong City, they have a local ordinance sanctioning parents of child offenders.)
Not all child rights advocates, however, agree with this. During this year's International Day of Street Children, the National Council of Social Development (NCSD) argued against penalizing parents of street children, calling it a "wrong approach which would further add to the criminalization of street families.”