Update on the Philippine Child Abuse Story
“In Lucena City an orphanage, the Sankey Samaritan Mission for poor children and youth, was raided by the NBI and an American, Tom Randall and orphanage manager Toto Luchavez and his son Jake Luchavez were arrested and are charged with trafficking and child abuse based on strong testimony of some of the 31 victims.”
The story in the American media was all about the head of the mission, Tom Randall, and the American outrage over his incarceration and the attempts to get him released.
The whistleblowers in the case were painted as jealous rivals and the accusers as unbalanced youth with an agenda.
Randall was released and has made much of his love for the children and his support of his employees who remained under prosecution.
For most in the American media, the story ended with Randall’s release and triumphant return home.
God had triumphed and the “good guys” won.
That’s not the real end of the story, however.
Despite attempts to free Jake and Toto Luchavez (allegedly by a defense team paid by Randall) we have obtained documents of the charges against them and they will go to trial in June.
Jake Luchavez is accused of one count of rape and another of committing a lascivious act against a minor.
Both of the alleged victims were young boys.
Toto Luchavez is charged will three counts of lascivious acts against three separate female minors.
The alleged abuses go back to at least 2005.
There is a possibility that more charges will be added at trial or prosecuted separately.
We have been spoken to as well of numerous allegations of bribery and coercion to silence both the victims and witnesses pretrial.
Please listen to this podcast with one of the whistleblowers and one of the victims.
We covet your prayers as we continue to follow this story.
A note on the “giggling” from a person familiar with the culture;
“If you are listening to the podcast, you may be perplexed as to why the young woman is giggling, as if this isn’t a serious issue to her. I feel it needs to be said that in the Filipino culture, they “giggle” when they feel uncomfortable about a situation. To a Westerner, this kind of reaction may seem like they are insincere or just “goofing around,” but let me assure you, it is a very natural reaction for Filipinos to giggle when they feel extremely uncomfortable in a situation.”