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We have learned that an America, "David Ray Carpenter" who has identified himself as a Veteran and Life Member of the VFW  (we are not familiar with him at the VFW Post in Cebu) is in custody at the Bogo City Jail.  He has been in custody for the last 2-3 months.  To the best of our knowledge the US Consulate Office has visited with him.

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colemanlee

http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/61384/american-retiree-i-plan-to-marry-17-year-old-bogo-girl

 

American pensioner David Ray Carpenter, 68, sat with his hands cuffed and his face covered with a black-and-white scarf.

“I did nothing wrong,” he said, three days after being arrested in his home with an underaged girl in barangay Odlot, Bogo City.

“I love her. We’re going to get married when she turns 18,” he told reporters at the office of Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale where he was presented by law enforcers yesterday.

 

But lawyer Noemi Truya, Children’s Legal Bureau (CLB) spokesperson, said Carpenter’s marriage offer is not a defense under the country’s anti-trafficking laws.

She said this case was a sad example of parents desiring to marry off their daughters to foreigners whom they see as their “economic salvation.”

Carpenter and the girl’s parents will face charges for violating Republic Act 7610, or the Anti-Child Abuse Act, and Republic Act 9208, or the Anti-Human Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.

“Those are public offenses … these crimes cannot be pardoned by marriage. There is no cure for this,” Truya said.

 

Good girl

Carpenter claimed that in his home country, the United States, a minor could even get married at 15 years old or earlier.

“She’s the one who wanted to stay (in my house). She’s a good girl. You don’t find a girl like that everyday,” Carpenter said.

Bogo city police, armed with search warrant, caught Carpenter lying in bed with the high school graduate inside his home last Friday evening.

The girl was fully clothed and her mother lay next to her while her father sat on a couch.

Carpenter’s arrest came after weeks of surveillance by the Provincial Women’s Commission (PWC) and Children’s Legal Bureau (CLB).

 

Bad memory

The 17-year-old girl remains in the custody of social workers following Friday’s rescue.

According to the American retiree, who hails from the US state of North Carolina, they got together in March and started living together in April this year, after the girl graduated from high school.

“I’m old. I need somebody to take care of me and she was really good at that. She made sure I take my medicines. She massaged my legs when they cramped. I have a lot of problems with my legs,” he said.

Carpenter said he has a bad memory, forgetting to take his medications and that the minor helped him remember.

Carpenter was presented alongside the minor’s parents, who will also be charged for allegedly tolerating the relationship between their daughter and the foreigner.

The parents , both handcuffed, also had their faces covered with scarves when they were presented.

 

Good intentions

“We already have our passports. We were about to apply for a (US) visa,” the girl’s mother told reporters.

The mother said Carpenter offered to bring their family to the US when he eventually marries her there.

She came to Carpenter’s defense, saying that the foreigner had good intentions for their daughter.

The mother denied accepting gifts from Carpenter to soften them up.

“It is not true that he showered us with gifts. I only receive money from him for work,” she said.

 

Economic salvation

The mother earns a little on the side by doing laundry, house cleaning, or cooking.

According to Truya, CLB spokesperson, authorities believe the teenage girl was a victim of her own family.

“Obviously, the minor is a trafficked person, trafficked, unfortunately, by her own parents, sold to somebody. There was an exchange. There were considerations,” she said during a press conference during the presentation yesterday.

Truya said they don’t know how much exactly was given to the minor’s family.

But she said they are certain that there were several monetary considerations presented.

The lawyer said they were informed that Carpenter was supposed to go back to the US in July this year to process the marriage.

“But it should be noted that under our anti-human trafficking laws, marriage is not even a defense,” Truya said.

She said arranged marriages to a foreigner for monetary consideration is still trafficking and a chargeable offense.

If the victim is a child or the perpetrators are parents then the offense could even lead to life imprisonment.

Offenses may be classified as qualified trafficking if the victim is a minor, the perpetrators are parents or government officials, or the activities are syndicated.

 

Deterrent

The lawyer said she hopes that Carpenter’s case will be a deterrent to other predators.

“It’s not that it would make them hide their activities better. I hope that it will let them know that what they are doing is not allowed here in Cebu because they will be arrested,” she said.

Carpenter was the fifth foreigner arrested on charges of human trafficking in Bogo City.

Vice Gov. Magpale, co-chairperson of the PWC and the Provincial Council for the Welfare of Children (PCWC), said the girl will remain in an undisclosed center for children in the province.

“We are willing to see her through especially that the charges (against the perpetrators) will still be filed,” she said. She said they are focusing on the vulnerable areas in Cebu, like the northern part of the province which had been battered by supertyphoon Yolanda in 2013.


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Another one bites the dust in Bogo

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very sad, finally found his soulmate/caregiver and she isn't of age.

 

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"Vice Gov. Magpale, co-chairperson of the PWC and the Provincial Council for the Welfare of Children"

 

It would be interesting to know if this individual has ever hired a 17 year old 'child' to sweep her floors or look after her children.

 

It interests me because I have seen more than a few higher income filipinos who need the poor to do all the domestic chores for them.  That makes me wonder if they are interested in the welfare of the 17 year old 'children' or if the cheap domestic labor  pool is drying up.  Is the child's welfare being protected when her alternative is to work for slave wages for a wealthy filipino?  Or perhaps its OK if a Muslim picks her up as his 4th wife?  (Freddy Aguilar comes to mind.)

 

This is not meant to condone the actions of anyone who breaks the law, just to ponder the reasons behind the enforcement of the law when the 'child' and the family who provides for her are saying the 'child's best interests are being served by getting her married off and by chaperoning her while the arrangements are being made.

 

By all means protect the children, those who are pre-pubescent or still very young, but slack off as they approach the line of adulthood.  Or give the 'children' a better option than DSWD which kids run AWAY from rather than to.

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RogerDat

This is old news, saw it back then and was sad, such an foolish man. I guess he is still there. if it takes the normal time to prosecute, he may die before starting his prison time.

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colemanlee

Bogo has a rep for going after guys with underage girls with a vengeance, getting quite the reputation...think there is some kind of NGO operating out of there

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seems like avoiding underage girls and Bogo will work better

 

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Another one bites the dust in Bogo

 

Not new. This was posted HERE last year.

 

Article date: 07:28 AM June 30th, 2015

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That makes me wonder if they are interested in the welfare of the 17 year old 'children' or if the cheap domestic labor  pool is drying up.

 

It is a newer revenue stream from foreigners. I have known MANY Filipinos with underage maids and ya-ya's, who have never been bothered.

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In my thinking it more of a matter of a lot of old guys going after young girls there because they thought after the typhoon hit there they would be welcomed, and appear to have been very welcomed. Church of Christ is active in that area and is headed by a devout Christian who is trying to eradicate poverty and hunger in that area. he has an on going program to introduce farming, and goat raising in the hills there to elevate poverty.

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He also promised the girl's parents to bring them to the US. Impossible as we all know. Almost 18 is just not 18.

 

He should know since law enforcement in the US isn't as lenient as they are in the Philippines.

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He also promised the girl's parents to bring them to the US. Impossible as we all know. Almost 18 is just not 18.

 

He should know since law enforcement in the US isn't as lenient as they are in the Philippines.

Not impossible, but definitely improbable. His girl must be 18, and he can petition her for a fiance visa. Three years after she enters the US and marries him, she can file for citizenship, then she can petition her parents. Processing time for a parental petition is 10-12 months, so all in it would take about 5 years, but theoretically, yes, it could result in her parents legally entering the US.

 

Obviously, he either didn't know much about this or didn't care, just empty promises.

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He also promised the girl's parents to bring them to the US. Impossible as we all know.

 

Not so… they can apply for an EB-5 investment visa (like many Chinese do) or apply for a direct Green Card investment. A law firm like Fragomen (the largest with over 3,000 lawyers and said to be the best immigration firm) can help them secure one of these visas – of course their fee (senior attorney) could probably be over $1,000 per hour by now, I am just guessing… As far as I know, it’s not a difficult process… :)

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Not so… they can apply for an EB-5 investment visa (like many Chinese do) or apply for a direct Green Card investment. A law firm like Fragomen (the largest with over 3,000 lawyers and said to be the best immigration firm) can help them secure one of these visas – of course their fee (senior attorney) could probably be over $1,000 per hour by now, I am just guessing… As far as I know, it’s not a difficult process… :)

 

 

They scrapped that program in Canada this year.

 

I doubt the gentleman has $1 mio US in cash and/or the money for those attorneys.

 

BUT, he fought for his country and saw many of his friends die during war -  sadly enough this doesn't count much these days.

 

I hope the best for him and us who know the Philippines at a close range are wondering why the government can't just keep their dirty fingers out and mind their own business.

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Not so… they can apply for an EB-5 investment visa (like many Chinese do) or apply for a direct Green Card investment. A law firm like Fragomen (the largest with over 3,000 lawyers and said to be the best immigration firm) can help them secure one of these visas – of course their fee (senior attorney) could probably be over $1,000 per hour by now, I am just guessing… As far as I know, it’s not a difficult process… :)

Somehow, I didn't get the impression they were independently wealthy. These visas are only available for very wealthy Filipinos.

 

A typical fee for this from Fragoman or many other top attorneys will be $20-50 thousand US dollars, and that is just in attorney fees. 

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