Filipina (48) takes girl (13) as fifth woman: ‘She will take care of my children’

A 13-year-old girl married a 48-year-old man in the Philippines. The teenager is his fifth husband. โ€œI‘m glad I met her and that she can take care of my children,โ€ he said after the traditional-Islamic wedding ceremony, surrounded by family and friends.

The man comes from the province of Mindanao, where many Muslims live. He has children around the age of his brand new ‘wife‘, knows The Daily Mail. Allegedly, the girl said that she is not afraid โ€œbecause he is nice to me.โ€ โ€œI’m still learning how to cook, because I‘m not good at it now. I want to make my husband happy.โ€

The groom, a peasant, has built a separate cottage for the girl. He promises not to have children with her until she’s at least 20 years old. โ€œI will pay her school because I want her to be educated until the time is right for children.โ€

According to Unicef, the Philippines are in the top 20 countries with child marriages. 15 percent of the girls in the country are married before they are 18, 2 percent even before they are 15 years old.