CHR ‘deeply dis­turbed’ over ‘ris­ing’ youth killings

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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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Ku­lot’s fam­ily was se­cured by per­son­nel of the Wit­ness Pro­tec­tion Pro­gram’s In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice Op­er­a­tions Group dur­ing the fu­neral Mass held at San An­to­nio Abad Par­ish in May­bunga, Pasig City, on Wed­nes­day.

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