Bantay Bata executive accused of child abuse

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MANUEL Padilla, vice president of ABS-CBN’s Bantay Bata Foundation faces charges of child abuse and grave threats during a spat with his cousin, which traumatized the latter’s daughter.

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Padilla, a resident of Ayala Twin Towers Condominium, allegedly threatened to have his cousin Arnold killed, as the latter and his wife Glocel were shopping at the Rockwell Power Plant Mall in June.

Since then, Arnold’s children Alexi, 9, and Kevyn, 6, have been scared of going to Rockwell lest they encounter their uncle.

In his testimony Arnold Padilla said his cousin kept on shouting the threat “in front of my family despite the fact that my daughter Lexi was already in tears,” and who is now “traumatized by such aggressive and abusive behavior.”

The rift between the Padillas stemmed from inheritance, when siblings Manuel and Alberto allegedly deprived Arnold’s mother her share in the family’s properties in Manila. This prompted Arlene to file estafa cases against the Padilla brothers, who also allegedly failed to pay realty taxes for their Loakan, Baguio, and Tagaytay properties.

Manuel on the other hand sued Arlene and Arnold in October for their supposed involvement in the explosion that killed Arlene’s daughter Yvonne Padilla-Chua in her home in Taguig City three years ago.

The mother and son denied the accusation, stressing that Chua’s untimely demise brings them no advantage of ever inheriting the victim’s properties as she had legal descendants.

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