Painful homecoming for OFW mother of boy beaten to death
It was the worst homecoming for an OFW mother.
Erlinda Cagalitan, who works in Bahrain, returned to the Philippines over the weekend to bury her son John Earl, the two-year-old boy who was beaten to death by his guardians in Davao City.
"Bakit ginawa niya 'yun? Kung hindi na niya kayang magbantay, nagreklamo na lang sana siya. Wala naman siyang sinabi na hindi na niya kayang magbantay," Erlinda said in a report by GMA News stringer Tek Ocampo on "24 Oras" on Monday.
John Earl's guardians, Sarah Jane Alcail and her live-in partner Ronilo, are already in police custody and are facing murder charges, the report said.
The report said Ronilo admitted to beating John Earl after the boy urinated on his bed. Sarah Jane is Erlinda's cousin.
"Hindi ko naman sila pinabayaan. Bakit nagawa nila 'yun? Hindi ako makapaniwala. Ang liit pa ng anak ko," an emotional Erlinda said in the report.
John Earl's death has reached President Rodrigo Duterte, a former longtime mayor of Davao City who promised that justice would be given to the boy and his family. —KBK, GMA News