Ella Cruz is a mentally ill child rape victim in “Ipaglaban Mo”!

Teen star Ella Cruz plays a 13-year-old mentally challenged girl named “Coney,” who was raped by her 17-year-old neighbor Edmond portrayed by Ella’s fellow former “Goin’ Bulilit” star John Manalo in “Ipaglaban Mo” this Saturday (June 14).

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Coney’s father Rico (Cris Villanueva) immediately filed a rape case against Edmond after her daughter’s traumatic experience. Edmond’s father, Edgar (Eric Fructuoso), on the other hand, would also fight for the rights of his son, whom he believed was innocent.

Edmond’s camp insisted that the court should not believe Coney because she was mentally ill. Would the court take Coney’s side despite her condition?

Also joining the cast in this week’s episode, titled “Lalaban Ang Tatay Para Sa’yo” directed by Eric Quizon, are Matet de Leon, Kyline Alcantara, and Jon Lucas.

Meanwhile, the much-awaited comeback of “Ipaglaban Mo” debuted strong last Saturday (June 7), winning in its timeslot with a national TV rating of 13.9%, or eight points higher than 5.9% of its rival “GMA Tales of Horror,” based on data of Kantar Media.

Don’t miss “Ipaglaban Mo” hosted by Atty. Jose Sison and Jopet Sison every Saturday after “It’s Showtime” on ABS-CBN

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MMK airs A Story of A Little Girl Raped Many Times this Saturday, Rated SPG!

ABS-CBN’s “Maalaala Mo Kaya” encourages adult TV viewers to give “SPG” or strong parental guidance to children who will watch its episode this Saturday (March 8) due to its sensitive child rape theme.

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The story will feature a young girl named Jenny (to be played by Abby Bautista) who grew up craving the love and care of her working parents. Because no one’s closely looking after her welfare, Jenny is raped at the age of seven by their laundry-woman’s live-in partner.

For her to be able to overcome the mental and psychological trauma of the vicious assault, Jenny’s father entrusts Jenny to her grandparents who live far from them. How will this supposed haven of love turn into a molestation ring for Jenny?

Also part of the Emmanuel Q. Palo-directed “MMK” episode are Pen Medina, James Blanco, Lara Quigaman, Gloria Diaz, Kathleen Hermosa, and Junjun Quintana. It was written by Arah Jell Badayos, and researched by Agatha Ruadap and Michelle Joy Guerrero. “MMK” is led by business unit head Malou Santos, production manager Roda Dela Cerna, and executive producer Lindsay Anne Dizon.

Don’t miss Asia’s longest-running drama anthology, “MMK” this Saturday after “Wansapanataym” on ABS-CBN.

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