The reason why I want to know what legal action could be taken against my father is, I want justice for my mother, not so much as to send my father to jail, but to at least make him responsible for what he did to my mother by obliging him to care for her now that she needs him so much. He is the husband and by marrying her, he vowed to love her in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer. If we can pressure him to provide for my mother's needs (both financial and emotional), while he is still able to do so, by some legal action, then we would resort to that. My husband has a lawyer friend who is currently out of the country, and whom we could ask for legal assistance for a minimum fee. I just posted this question in this forum as we are unable to contact my husband's lawyer friend at this time, and I wanted to know other lawyer's point of view on this matter as well. I know that sending my mother to a shelter is the most practical thing to do, but it doesn't appear to be that simple. First, we can't go straight to these shelters as it has to be DSWD who should endorse her to them (am talking about the ones that don't charge a fee). DSWD would have to assess if my mother is qualified for a free shelter. Given the fact that she still has relatives here, makes me think she might not qualify for that. We also considered taking her to the provinces, but because of her condition (she pees every 5 minutes, could not sit still for more than 5 minutes and grabs anything she can find around her because of her compulsive behavior brought about by her disease), I don't think she can travel for a long period of time without bothering other passengers. It would be more convenient for her if she gets to stay in a shelter around metro manila, and so far I have not found one where she could qualify for free. If there is any legal action that could be taken against my father, we might be able to force him to shoulder my mother's expenses in a paying shelter instead of sending him to jail. Gusto ko lang naman sya takutin para i-prioritize nya ang nanay ko instead of his other family. Gusto ko lang naman na sa ganoong paraan, para na ring nabigyan ng hustisya ang ginawa nya sa nanay ko. Hindi ko na mapapalampas pa ang lahat ng hirap at sakit ng loob na ibinigay nya sa nanay ko at sa aming magkakapatid. If we let him get away with his wrongdoings, then it is like telling him that what he did was okay. I don't care if he's already old, somebody has to pay for what happened to my mother. If he can still support his other family, then why couldn't he support my mother?
Anyway, it there is anyone here who could give us information about a free shelter where she might qualify, I would truly appreciate it. Thanks.
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