Updating The Philippine “Orphanage” Scandal
When Tom Randall returned to to the United States as a persecuted hero of the faith after being detained by Philippine authorities on child abuse charges, he announced that he was running “one of the best orphanages in the world”.
The trials for the director of that orphanage and one of the workers there begin tomorrow.
According to a document obtained by us, Randall has some more questions to answer.
According a a report from last year written by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) the operation wasn’t an orphanage at all.
The children had families.
Furthermore, the operation was operating under a suspended license which has not been reinstated yet.
The document further states that,among other things, that they were not licensed for the age of the children in their care. That continued assessment of families’ ability to re-accept the children was not done, contrary to government policy. That expected visits to the families were limited. That it was improper for the director (Toto) to be president of the board. The director is expected to be a non-voting member of the board. The social worker was to do all of the counseling with the young people but all the counseling was done by Toto and no records of the meetings were kept. They commended the physical facilities but also requested better maintenance of them.
“Toto”, the director, is one of the ones facing charges tomorrow.
We will be following those trials as best as we can from here and reporting on them as information becomes available.
The compound is now being used as a training facility for the military which I’m told has strong ties to Randall and the accused.
That sends a message to those who might testify or come forward with new information.
It’s about time that the large donor network Randall has established starts asking questions…and hopefully the mainstream media will as well.
For further background on this story please reference the articles we’ve already published.