Friday, August 16, 2013

Boracay’s “batang hamog,” extorts and harasses

Written by: Bert Dalida
Action from the local government and the DSWD are needed.
This is what a concerned citizen in Boracay said regarding the “children of the dew” or what is known as “batang hamog” which refers to street children committing petty crimes any time of the day, but mostly during late hours.
Aside from begging, these children are capable of forcefully taking something and are even harassing people.
Harold, not his real name, who has been working in Boracay for 7 years, accounted his experience.
He said, that by 10 p.m. until the wee hours of the morning, some groups of “batang hamog” can be seen going about begging at the front beach.
What’s worse is that they harass the tourist and even the lady boys.
Harold added that these children, who are mostly ages 15 and below, are seemingly tolerated and used by their parents.
The reason, that this matter should be given attention by the authorities to avoid it coming to the worst for the island of Boracay which is known to the world as a premier tourist destination

Translated by: Shelah Casiano

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