By Genalyn Kabiling
Around 3,699 cases of violence against women and children have been reported to the Philippine National Police (PNP) since the government enforced the coronavirus lockdown, President Duterte said in his report to Congress on Monday (June 8).
The President released the latest police data while assuring the public ofgovernment's commitment to protect the welfare of women and children.
"The PNP Women and Children Protection Desks are working closely with LGUs (local government units) to ensure that the welfare of women and children are protected,” Duterte said.
"As of 4 June 2020, the PNP has recorded a total of 1,945 cases of violence against women and 1,754 cases of violence against children since the implementation of the ECQ (enhanced community quarantine)," he added.
Duterte said the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) has also been actively responding to inquiries received through telephone calls and emails. "Moreover, the PCW continues to implement the VAW (Violence Against Women) Referral System, which provides for a national mechanism for monitoring and reduction of gender-based violence," he said.
Sen. Risa Hontiveros earlier warned about the rise of domestic abuse cases as families stay indoors due to the coronavirus threat. She has called on the PNP to boost ties with local government officials to combat domestic violence and ensure the protection of women and children.
"There will be a surge of domestically-abused Filipino women if we turn a blind eye. We must take all necessary actions to stop any form of violence within the family," the senator said.