The man caught on camera beating up his two children was arrested in Barangay Cupang, Muntinlupa City on Wednesday after the video went viral on the Internet, a “24 Oras” report said.
Muntinlupa police chief Sr. Supt. Allan Nobleza said the suspect will face charges of child abuse for physically hurting his six-year-old son and three-year-old daughter.
Nobleza said they are also investigating the suspect’s possible use of illegal drugs.
The suspect admitted that he was the man caught on video.
“Mahirap po buhay ko wala po akong trabaho. Ang dami ko pong problema, opo, nasaktan ko po sila…Pinagsisisihan ko po. Humingi po ako ng tawad sa mga anak ko, mahal ko po sila,” he said.
The medico legal report said that the children had skin infections – an indication that they are not being well taken care of.
The suspect’s son also had bruises in his head, the report said.
The children are now under the custody of non-goverment organization Saklolo at Gabay ng Ina at Pamilya (SAGIP) and are set to undergo psychological counseling following the incident.
According to the report, the suspect’s wife had left their home because she was also abused. However, no charges were filed against the suspect then. — Kathrina Charmaine Alvarez/KBK, GMA News