MANILA - A mother who was placed under citizen's arrest for beating up her five-year-old daughter in public has opened up on why she abused her own child.
The mom, identified only as Marivic, said she works for a beauty parlor.
On the day of the beating, she said she had just cleaned up in the parlor and told her daughter "Kristel" that she will go out for a while to buy food.
Instead of staying put, Kristel started playing and made a mess of things in the parlor.
"Pagdating po namin, ginalaw niya po yung gamit. Sabihin na natin na uminit yung ulo ko kaya sinabi ko 'Halika na nga. Kumain na lang tayo.' E iyak siya ng iyak kasi nga napagalitan ko," she said in an interview with ABS-CBN's Bistado.
CCTV footage showed Marivic dragging Kristel by the hair before they stopped in front of a shop. There, the mother proceeded to slap her child repeatedly.
Dr. Stephen Koa, who was inside the shop, said he went out to intervene because the child kept crying and was asking her mother to stop.
Marivic then dragged Kristel away but continued the abuse.
A barangay official then placed Marivic under citizen's arrest.
The local social welfare office also took custody of the child but has allowed Marivic to visit from time to time.
HISTORY OF ABUSE
Marivic's mom told ABS-CBN that she also spanked Marivic when the latter was still a child.
"Pero hindi naman ganun. Hindi naman po. Tinatampal lang po yung kamay, kumukuha ako ng diyaryo. Kapag lumalabas nang walang tsinelas, kadalasan ganun naman ang mga bata, walang tsinelas. Tapos kapag nagmumura sila, sinasampal ko ang bibig para di na ulitin," she said.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development said Marivic's upbringing could influence the way she disciplines her own child.
"Pwedeng may history din siya ng abuse nung kanyang kabataan, na pwedeng mabaling ngayon sa nakikita niya dun sa anak niya ngayon," Sherly Cruz, in-house psychologist of DSWD Caloocan, said.
The DSWD said Marivic needs to undergo a psychiatric test if she is capable of raising her child properly.
DSWD Caloocan chief Obet Quizon said social workers are also looking at the possible effect of a reconciliation between Marivic and her child.
"Titignan din po natin ang anggulo ng bata. Yung bata ba ay healthy kung hindi kasama yung nanay? O baka mas lumaki siya ng maayos kung kasama yung nanay, yung maayos na version ng nanay," he said.
Marivic admitted that she was wrong in hurting her five-year-old daughter. "Mali po kasi nasaktan ko po siya," she said.
Asked how she feels now that she is separated from her child, she said: "Masakit po. Mahirap po kasi iniisip ko rin na kahit naman anapolo ko, iniisip ko rin ang kalagayan niya dun."
She said that if she is given another chance, she will take care of Kristel without hurting her.
"Hinding hindi na po kasi mahirap po e. Napakahirap, Pati siya po nagulpi ko na siya nung araw na iyon, siya pa rin ang nagsasakripisyo," she said.