I write to sincerely thank you for Eric Mallonga’s wonderful column entitled “Tears of a Princess,” published on Monday’s edition of The Manila Times, on the recent visit of Princess Caroline of Monaco to the Philippines.
I was especially interested in your quotes regarding her comments on the imprisonment of minors. I know for a fact that many of the nongovernment organizations working with children in this country have been battling with authorities on this very issue since time immemorial, all of course to no avail. We can only hope that your article may stir the conscience of people like Mayor Lito Atienza of Manila into righting this terrible injustice toward those marginalized members of our society who have nothing, least of all a voice to speak on their behalf.
Having read your column, I immediately e-mailed it to interested parties both here and abroad, all of whom have since replied to say how moved and interested they were by your writing. In this regard, I have received a request from a relative who works for a government department in the United Kingdom working specifically for children at risk. She is hoping that you would be kind enough to allow her to use your article for training purposes.
I am sure that those people working to alleviate the plight of poor children will be gratified to know that there is a voice in the media who has their interests and those of the children at heart.
Thank you on behalf of the children.
Hope for Children
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