A Filipina immigrant in Portsmouth, United Kingdom has appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte for help after losing her 4 children to UK foster care.
“Mahal na Pangulo sana po matulungan ninyo ako, kayo lang po ang pag-asa ko upang makapiling ko muli ang apat kong anak," Iturrios said in a 6-minute video.
Iturrios said she was arrested by Portsmouth Police in September 2018 after her neighbors, whom she is at odds, reported seeing her hitting the children.
She told UK authorities she was using the Philippine culture of disciplining children by using rubber slippers.
Iturrios said she was released after 24 hours but her 4 children remained in custody with UK social services.
Iturrios said she was not satisfied with the handling of Philippine embassy of her case and said the supposed lawyer allegedly failed to attend to her case.
“Minsan lang po dumalo yung lawyer at madalas at hindi nagagawa ng Philippine Embassy sa UK na dalawin ang mga anak," she said.
The President last month vetoed the anti-palo bill, which seeks to prohibits beating children and other physical forms of punishment to discipline them.
Duterte believes corporal punishment remains as an "effective form of discipline" that is also "uniquely Filipino," according to Malacañang.
"PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) believes that such measure is still an effective form of discipline – uniquely Filipino -- that resulted in many children becoming law-abiding citizens of the country," Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said. --Report from Raoul Esperas