Duterte to shoulder funeral expenses of baby who died of liver disease

August 12, 2019
Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte has committed to shoulder the funeral expenses of an infant who died of biliary atresia in India, according to his former aide and Senator Christopher “Bong” Go.

Duterte and Go were among those present during the arrival of the remains of 11-month-old Eren Crisologo in Davao City on Sunday.

In March, Duterte visited Crisologo, then seven months old, on the sidelines of his visit to the wounded soldiers at Camp Evangelista Station Hospital in Cagayan de Oro City. He then directed the concerned agencies to extend assistance to the sick child upon the request of the infant’s parents, Private First Class Erne and Charibel Crisologo, a teacher.

Go said Crisologo was sent to India to undergo liver transplant but the infant eventually died of complications from biliary atresia, a rare disease of the liver and bile ducts that occurs in infants in which bile flow from the liver to the gallbladder is blocked. The senator added they had sent other sick children to India for treatment.

Go said the President will help children who have severe illnesses, especially the soldiers’ children.