By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
TOKYO, Japan—A shocked President Duterte expressed anger over the death of a schoolgirl and a man in a mass stabbing around a school bus stop in Kawasaki early this week.
Duterte made the statement days following reports that 17 students of a private Catholic school in the city near Tokyo and two parents were attacked Tuesday.
In a short statement, Duterte, who repeatedly vowed in his speeches to kill those who would destroy the youth of his country, condemned the attack.
“I express my profound shock and grief over the mass stabbing incident which happened in Kawasaki,” he said.
“I am outraged by this brutal attack against innocent young children,” he added.
The President, who is in Tokyo to attend an economic conference, then expressed support to Japan as it moves to bring justice to the victims of the stabbing.
“On behalf of the Filipino people, I extend my sincere prayers for the victims and our deepest sympathies to their families who need solace and strength in this difficult time,” Duterte said.
“We stand behind the Government of Japan as it endeavors to bring justice to the victims of this horrific act of violence,” he added.
The incident happened hours before the President arrived in Tokyo for a four-day visit which includes a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo on Friday.
It was reported that the 51-year-old suspect wielded two knives along a street Tuesday morning. Most of his victims were attacked while waiting for a school bus. An 11-year-old schoolgirl was killed.
It was also reported that a 39-year-old Foreign Ministry official, who was also the father of an unharmed pupil, was slashed multiple times before he was pronounced dead at a hospital. He was also said to be the first victim of the suspect’s stabbing spree.
The other children were attacked as they were forming a line to get on a school bus.
The suspect took his own life by stabbing his neck after his rampage.