UNICEF, CRN condemn 15-year-old girl’s killing in Ilocos Sur

Published July 7, 2020, 6:21 PM

by Czarina Nicole Ong Ki

Two children-centered organizations have expressed their outrage over the killing of a 15-year-old girl who was on her way home in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur on the eve of July 2.

UNICEF and Child Rights Network (CRN) have condemned the killing of the teenager after she filed a complaint against a policeman who had reportedly committed acts of lasciviousness after taking her into custody for violating quarantine curfew.

“Society should never be accustomed to such egregious attacks against children. Every child has an inalienable right to live a life without violence and be treated by society with their best interest in mind,” UNICEF said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the CRN is demanding “swift and complete” justice not only for the slain teenager, but also for her cousin who was allegedly raped by another cop from the same police station.

CRN said it was wrong for both girls to suffer from sexual harassment from the very people who were duty-bound to protect them. “Using the quarantine rules to commit sexual violence and other crimes is unacceptable, utterly abusive, and frankly, reflects impunity among the deviants in our law enforcement,” the CRN’s statement read.

UNICEF has supported the statement made by Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief General Archie Gamboa that the perpetrators would be held accountable for what they did to the young girls.

Meanwhile, the CRN has supported the call of Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Singson for an independent probe on the 15-year-old girl’s killing after reports surfaced that “padrinos (godfathers)” are allegedly harboring the gunmen.

“Even if the two suspects have already been relieved from duty and are now in detention, child rights advocates will not rest in calling for justice until the whole story has been pieced together, and all suspects – including those who are reportedly aiding and abetting the perpetrators by harboring or whitewashing their crimes – are meted with ample punishment,” the CRN said.