Robbed Pandesal Vendor Receives Cash Aid, New Bike

Mark Christian "Kokey" Santos, the young pandesal vendor who was robbed in Caloocan, has received a cash aid and new bicycle from the LGU.

Robbed Pandesal Vendor

ABS-CBN primetime news program TV Patrol reported Monday that the city government has given the 12-year-old boy's mother a livelihood package worth P20,000. She said the money will be used as capital for a small food business.

Meanwhile, the pandesal vendor received a brand new bike, said to be among the reasons why he was saving part of his revenues from peddling bread around the Deparo area in Barangay 168.

The simple turnover happened at the city hall on October 13, four days after the robbery incident where unidentified thieves took the victim's P200 earnings at knifepoint.

Aside from the monetary assistance given by the local government unit of Caloocan, the boy's family would also be given a slot in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), the conditional cash transfer program of the national government, according to a MalacaƱang official.

The Palace learned about the boy's story after a video of him was uploaded by a netizen and has gone viral online.

The robbed pandesal vendor would also undergo psychosocial debriefing to be managed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) so he can live a normal life again after a very traumatic experience.

Caloocan City has offered P50,000 for information that will lead to the capture of the robbers. One of the suspects can be seen in the following video.