Pandesal Boy Lied? Police Doubt He Was Robbed

Has the pandesal boy lied? Police now doubt if the 12-year-old bread vendor was really robbed of his P200 earnings in Caloocan City.

Mark Christian's story went viral on social media after Facebook user Christopher Pacheco posted a video showing him crying and shaking following an alleged robbery at the Deparo area in Barangay 168 last October 9.

The victim, who supposedly peddles bread to help his family earn for a living and augment his allowance, claimed that an unidentified man took his income and the bread he was selling.

On October 13, the city government of Caloocan gave him a bicycle and his mother P20,000 cash as livelihood assistance. A MalacaƱang official also said the family will be given a slot in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), the conditional cash transfer program of the national government.

It was also reported that Christian would undergo psychosocial debriefing to be managed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

According to an ABS-CBN News follow-up report, police believe that "the boy made up the story because he did not want to be beaten up by his mother again if he failed to bring money home."

Authorities reportedly found out that it was the third time the boy had claimed being robbed. He also gave police conflicting statements on what direction the alleged robber fled.

Christian's mother claimed that her son always escapes to sell pandesal because he wanted to earn, but investigators also doubt her story as the boy has been doing it for the past four years.

The suspect, who was captured on CCTV that day, is innocent, according to police.

Could it be possible that the pandesal boy was coached to claim robbery? Should the mother be charged for child abuse? Should Christian undergo psychotherapy?

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