She'd tell other teenagers that becoming a teen mom was not wonderful.
And before the midwife goes to bed, she asks Ina ng Awa for forgiveness.
She and her boyfriend, John Michael Torre, 19, looked at other girls holding babies and longed for their own.
Yet the current government wants to see changes.
Joan crouched on the floor, folding up her lanky teenage limbs and fed Angela fingers-full of steamed rice, crimped strands of instant noodles and fermented anchovies from the family's small communal bowl.
Two of her sisters' babies and a kitten nap on a pile of rumpled sheets against a particle board barrier to keep them from falling into the murky, gray water.
A string of dried-out jasmine flowers hang from one outstretched hand, and on the other, the saint cradles a baby.
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