While Mother's Day is a celebration of gratitude and love for mothers' unconditional love, the recent reports on child abduction brought chills to the mothers who would do everything to protect their children from harm.
Recently the National Bureau of Investigation alerted the public on the recent reports of "missing children" or "child abductions" which can be related to trafficking of human organs reportedly rampant in the Philippines.
The NBI said human organs smugglers are targeting children who they kidnap and taken abroad where their organs are being sold to foreigners.
According to the NBI, these human organs smugglers, whose buyers are usually Middle Eastern nationals, allegedly abduct children and house them somewhere in Mindanao.
Lawyer Ferdinand Lavin of the NBI's Human Trafficking Division said the victims are provided with vitamin supplements to keep their internal organs healthy.
He said the victims will then be transported outside the country to undergo surgery for organ transplants.
China, India, Pakistan, Egypt, Brazil, the Philippines, Moldova, and Romania are among the world's leading providers of trafficked organs.
Reports said trafficked organs are either sold domestically, or exported to be transplanted into patients from the US, Europe, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and especially Israel.
These issues, despite the effort of the government to curb them, alarmed Ilongga mothers. And here are some of their sentiments:
"That's very alarming on the part of the parents, especially the mother's because you are thinking that your child is in good hands but then, in just a spur of the moment, he/she will be taken away from you and thinking that other people will be benefitted from them. You nurture your child since he/she was a baby, then, you will just lose him/her. It is the parents' responsibility to discipline their children and have them at home especially at night."- Mrs. Virgie Jimeno, 51, a mother of two, principal
"For me, people who are doing this are not human beings. Why abduct a child? Poverty is one of the reasons, but doing this is a criminal offense. The children are innocent beings, they are precious. The government and the parents need to do something to lessen and eventually eliminate this. Parents, take good care of your children. Guard them, protect them." - Catherine Cosgafa, 52, mother of two
"Parents should see to it that their child is properly secured by limiting them from going outside without the presence of an adult. The child should learn to shout loud when someone grabs them, to instantly get the car's key and run away and not be fooled by strangers." â€“Lagrimas Demayo
"A community must have safety measures like crime watch, ronda, hour to hour patrol and disseminate information to different households because parents are too occupied with earning a living." - Gualberta Navarro
"Child abduction is a very serious crime for me. Because I am a mother who cares for her children; it feels bad if your child is kidnapped. Maybe I'll have a stroke if something bad happens to them. I love them and I don't want them to get in trouble.- Marlene Guintibano, 53, mother of seven
Child abduction can lead to child trafficking. It is illegal, violation of the child's rights. Parents must train their kids not to interact with strangers. They must take care of their children. The security police or barangay tanod must be vigilant in responding to this concern."- Cora Buala, a tertiary teacher, WVSU
Parents, especially mothers worry a lot when something bad happened to their children, they are protective, they would do anything just for the sake of their children even if their life is at stake.*
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