MANILA, Philippines – Four years since she filed the complaint, actress Ai Ai delas Alas said she now feels vindicated after the court decided in favor of her eldest son Sancho, who was accused of shoplifting from a convenience store in Manila last December 2007.
|Actress Ai Ai delas Alas with son Sancho
Delas Alas sued Mini Stop employee Melvin Buceta last May 30, 2008 for allegedly abusing her son physically after he supposedly caught Sancho shoplifting. Sancho denied the incident.
In a decision released last July 30, the court found Buceta guilty of violating Article VI Section 10 of Republic Act 7610 or the Anti-Child Abuse Law.
Delas Alas admitted she was really hurt over some comments thrown at her son during the peak of their ordeal.
“Napakasakit sa akin nu'n kasi hindi ko naman pinalaki ang mga anak ko na barumbado. Pinalaki ko ng maayos ang mga anak ko,” she said.
The actress, however, said she is thankful that it's over now.
“Nagpasalamat ako sa Diyos at kay Mama Mary na sabi ko salamat po, tapos na rin ang hirap namin kasi hindi naman talaga biro ang pinagdaanan namin diyan. Ang dami naming humbling experience. 'Yung pumunta lang sa korte ang hirap na, 'yung sumagot sa korte, ang hirap pala,” she said.
As for Sancho, he said he is happy that the court favored him.
“Ako po nagulat at happy. Gumaan po ang pakiramdam ko na at least alam niyo na sa mga nanira, ito ang pagpapatunay na hindi talaga ako magnanakaw,” he said.
Sancho said he is fortunate to have a supportive mom who never left his side.
“Ma, thank you kasi sinamahan niya ako lumaban hanggang dulo. Kung siguro iba ang magulang ko, hindi sila mag-aatubili gumastos. Si Mama binigyan niya ako ng choice, ilalaban natin ito ng legal or bibigyan kita ng pera bibilihin mo lahat ng Mentos sa Mini Stop,” he said.