Save the Children Philippines (SCP) denounced on Wednesday the killing of a 15-year-old girl who was on her way home in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur on July 2.
The teenager filed a complaint against a policeman who had reportedly committed acts of lasciviousness after taking her into custody for violating quarantine curfew. She was shot repeatedly by two motorcycle-riding men on her way home.
“Violence against children, including those inflicted by law enforcement authorities who are duty-bound to protect them, is condemnable and must be put to an end,” Atty. Alberto Muyot, Chief Executive Officer of SPC, said.
The child rights organization said it supports the investigation led by the Philippine National Police (PNP) to hold the perpetrators accountable.
Muyot urged police officers and barangay leaders to adhere to the guidelines of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on humane and dignified treatment of children and youth who violate curfew rules under the community quarantine.
The new DILG guidelines issued on June 23, 2020 apply to children in street situations and those in conflict with the law based on the provisions of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act (Republic Act 9344 as amended by RA 10630).
The additional guidelines form part of the Joint Memorandum Circular of the DILG and Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) dated April 6, 2020 on the protocol on reaching out to children in street situations, in need of special protection, children at risk, and children in conflict with the law.
“We mark the 30th year of the Philippine ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child with a strong commitment to fight for the rights of every child to humane and dignified treatment, and fulfillment of their rights to health, education, and well-being,” Muyot added.