DepEd condemns ‘barbaric murder’ of Grade 9 student in Cebu

Published March 12, 2019, 2:27 PM

by Patrick Garcia

By Merlina Hernando Malipot

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday condemned the “barbaric murder” of a Grade 9 learner in Cebu and urged the proper authorities to “hasten the arrest of the perpetrators.”


Issuing a statement, DepEd strongly condemned the brutal slay of Grade 9 female student, who was found on a vacant lot in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu on March 11.

DepEd said that the victim – identified to be a 16-year-old student of Maribago High School – was reported missing by her mother Sunday when she failed to return home from serving as a tithe collector in church. “Her lifeless body, reportedly raped and skinned to the skull, was discovered the following morning by passers-by,” DepEd added.

The DepEd Schools Division Office of Lapu-Lapu City already issued a memorandum reminding all public and private elementary and secondary schools “to strengthen their existing rules and policies on school safety.”

The Lapu-Lapu City SDO further enumerated security measures such as: restricting practices for school presentations and other school-related activities until 5 p.m. only; instructing school heads to advise learners to bring packed lunch or snacks instead of buying food outside school premises; ensuring that fully functional CCTV cameras are installed in strategic areas; requesting additional presence of police or barangay tanod in the area; and advising students to always go in groups when out on the streets, especially when it is already dark.

Meanwhile, DepEd called on the local government unit and the police to “swiftly bring to justice the cold-blooded criminals.” The Department likewise enjoined the public in “the shared responsibility of protecting children from all forms of abuse, violence, exploitation, and threat.”

The Department also extended its “deepest condolences to the grieving family” and requests the DepEd community for “voluntary contribution to provide the bereaved with adequate financial assistance.”