CHR ‘deeply disturbed’ over ‘rising’ youth killings
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) called on the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other concerned government agencies to seriously look into the seemingly rising number of youth killings in the country even as it expressed support to the vision of the administration’s campaign against illegal drugs.
In a statement issued on Friday, the CHR said it is “deeply disturbed” that many teenagers and children appeared to be victims of unexplained killings, which merit decisive action by authorities.
“The CHR is deeply disturbed with the rising death toll of teens and minors in the country. Recent reports, not counting those that remain undocumented, prove that such incidents are not mere ‘isolated cases’ and deserve serious, concrete actions from the government,” the CHR said in a statement.
The agency, whose budget was slashed to a meager P1,000 by the House of Representatives, also said, “Whatever the reason may be, one death is still too many. The recent killing of Kian delos Santos, 17; Carl Angelo Arnaiz, 19; Reynaldo de Guzman, 14; Raymart Siapo, 19; and Grace Omadlao, 16, raises serious concerns on the quality of protection that the government extends to our children.”
According to the CHR, the rights of children, whether accused and adjudged for crimes or innocent, should be consistently upheld and protected.
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