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DSWD says family of Freddie’s gf belongs to ‘poorest of the poor’

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CITY OF CALAPAN -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said the family of singer Freddie Aguilar’s 16-year-old girlfriend belongs to the “poorest of the poor” in Oriental Mindoro, having  been a recipient since 2008 of the agency’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) or the government’s poverty alleviation program.

 

Maridel Rodriguez, the designated DSWD provincial link to 4Ps, said the controversy over Aguilar’s much-publicized involvement with the minor would not affect her family’s enrollment in the 4Ps program, as “it’s a separate case.”

Rodriguez, in a recent interview with the Inquirer at the agency’s office at the Capitol complex here, showed official records that listed the birthday of Aguilar’s girlfriend as Nov. 29, 1996.  She would turn 17 on her birthday next month.

Another DSWD officer, designated as Oriental Mindoro municipal link to 4Ps but who declined to be identified, said the agency was able to confirm the girl’s date of birth from an interview by a municipal field staff member with 4Ps beneficiaries on July 10, 2012.

The municipal link officer said the agency visited the family again recently on instruction of DSWD-Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) director Wilma Naviamos. During the visit, the girl’s mother showed DSWD representatives her child’s original birth certificate to put an end to speculations.

Aguilar’s girlfriend is the second of three children. The eldest is now 19 years old and the youngest is 14.

Her parents are both farm workers who do odd jobs between farming seasons.

DSWD records showed that all three children were 4Ps beneficiaries in 2008, each receiving P300 as financial assistance when they were still 14 years old and below—the age requirement to qualify as a beneficiary. At present, only the youngest remains a beneficiary. The whole family received P500 for health and nutrition assistance.

 

Enough, please

In an interview with the Inquirer, the girl’s parents said they wanted an end to the media frenzy that followed the revelation of their daughter’s relationship with the singer who became an international sensation because of the song “Anak.”

They said there was nothing they could do to change their daughter’s mind who had apparently “fallen in love” with the singer.

The parents said they were hurt by comments that their daughter was “cheap” and they wanted to bask in Aguilar’s popularity.

The mother, 41, said they had become the subject of unkind rumors in their barangay (village).

But she said despite the flak her daughter was getting, the girl had never been happier. “She’s really in love,” the mother said.

The mother said the family had to leave their home and rent an apartment a few kilometers away, as  “here, we can be quiet, away from possible fights.”

She said her husband, who is also an electrician, had a project closer to their rented apartment.

She stressed they got a loan to pay the apartment’s monthly rental fee of P3,000. “We’re not making Freddie pay for this; that may be in people’s mind,” she was quick to add, to stop people from jumping to wrong conclusions.

The mother said they expected their daughter, who was living in the singer’s home in Manila, to visit them anytime.

She said Aguilar and their daughter met in May during a local election campaign where the singer was a guest and the girl had a production number in the program. Inquirer.net

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