The child of Police Senior Master Sergeant Jonel Nuezca should not be shamed and condemned as this could further affect the child, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Tuesday.

“Nakakalungkot ang insidente na ito pero i-spare natin iyong anak sa condemnation and cyberbullying,” DSWD spokesperson Irene Dumlao shared during her interview with Super Radyo DZBB.

She explained that the kid’s ability to control her emotional impulses and regulate her emotions is still under development because of her young age.

“We should not share images that would incite further judgment kasi hindi makakatulong sa kanya. It takes a village to raise a child, kaya we need to understand and extend support,” she added.

Dumlao also mentioned that the DSWD’s Field Office in Region 3 already gave psychological support and debriefing to Nuezca’s child and even the children and even adults who witnessed the grim incident.

“Nakapagsagawa na po kami ng initial assessment at intervention sa community, so they can be further rehabilitated if need be as a result of the incident,” she added.

Netizens slammed Nuezca’s daughter for involving herself in the incident and reacting normally even after his father killed the victims in front of her.  However, Dumlao explained that because of the child’s reaction, that it only makes psychosocial intervention for her and other children who witnessed the incident more important.

“Ang behavior ng mga bata ay base sa kanilang nasasaksihan, na-e-experience sa kanilang environment, kaya kailangan po talaga ng appropriate intervention at kung kinakailangan, confinement po sa residential care facility,” she said.

“Pinagsisikapan po ng social workers na hindi nila ma-imbibe itong ganitong behavior [of violence] kaya nga po it takes a village to raise a child,” she added. RJ Espartinez