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Investigation sought on Tagbilaran’s ‘rugby boys’

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Tagbilaran City – The problem of street children who sniff the solvent rugby has drawn the attention of Bohol officials.

Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) member Tomas Abapo Jr. brought up the matter during the board’s last regular session.

In a privilege speech, Abapo, moved for a legislative action on the plight of street children after he saw them sniffing the solvent.

The matter was referred to the SP committee on social services for deliberation.

He said that if the street children, aged eight to 14, are neglected, they will likely become criminals when they get older.

Abapo said he personally observed the street kids sniffing rugby, begging by force, shouting invectives when they are not given alms, and stealing food.

He said the street kids even snarled at him when he scolded them for sniffing rugby.

A local newspaper in Bohol ran a story in its March 22 issue about Tagbilaran’s street children sniffing rugby and harassing pedestrians.

The street children are different from the Badjao mothers and children who beg for coins from motorists who park their cars across the Island City Mall and those stopping at intersections.

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