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(UPDATE) Mother poisons 3 children then kills self–police

Posted by Abi Kwok on September 9, 2008

By Abigail Kwok, Niña Catherine Calleja
INQUIRER.net, Southern Luzon Bureau
First Posted 10:04:00 09/09/2008

MANILA, Philippines — A mother killed her three children and later herself through poisoning after midnight Monday in Magdalena, Laguna, police said Tuesday morning.

Chief Superintendent Ricardo Padilla, regional director of Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon) Philippine National Police (PNP) and Senior Inspector Raul Sandoval, Magdalena police chief, said Marjorie, 4; Margareth, 3; and MJ, 2 were forced by their mother Janeth Ponce, 32 to drink the bottle of liquid toilet bowl cleaner at their house in Barangay (village) Salasad at around 1 a.m.

Janeth afterwards drank the poison to kill herself.

All four were rushed to the Magdalena Provincial Hospital but the three children were declared dead on arrival. Ponce was admitted to the emergency room but died shortly afterwards, Padilla said.

Sandoval said the suicide note that they found in the victims’ house made them believe that the mother killed her children and herself because of poverty.

In her suicide note, however, Janeth was asking her relatives to take good care of her children.

Police added that the relatives of Ponce refused to subject the mother and her children to an autopsy.

Police will also contact the husband of Ponce, who is a construction worker in Manila.

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Hunger, not strike, killed 3-year-old boy — rights group

Posted by Abi Kwok on August 19, 2008

By Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 19:09:00 08/19/2008

MANILA, Philippines – A children’s rights group on Tuesday accused the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) of issuing “irresponsible and false statements” over the death of a three-year old boy in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental.

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Villar: ‘Poverty is threatening our independence’

Posted by Abi Kwok on August 19, 2008

By Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 14:35:00 08/19/2008

MANILA, Philippines — As the nation marked the 130th anniversary of the birth of Manuel L. Quezon, Senate President Manuel Villar on Tuesday called on government officials not to let politics get in the way of serving the people.

Speaking at rites in Quezon City, Villar said the Philippines has found itself back to fighting for its freedom, no longer against foreign invaders but against poverty.

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