The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has expressed concern about the impression on children of President Duterte’s war on medication.
Philippine UNICEF Representative Lotta Sylwander stated: “The death of 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos during the drug raid in Caloocan City and the circumstances of his untimely death in relation to the State’s war on drugs are deeply disturbing.”
She has additionally expressed sympathy for the teenager’s household, and others affected by the drug operations.
“UNICEF offers its condolences to Kian’s family. We share their grief and the grief of all the families of children who have been killed, as well as of children who have lost parents, caregivers and relatives, during anti-drug operations,” she stated.
The organisation additionally known as for a “fair and transparent investigation” into Kian’s death that should “seek to guarantee the best interests of children and promote respect for their rights”.
“Those who are responsible for killings and deliberate violence against children must be held accountable, ” she added.
She cited the authorized obligations of the Philippine state. “The Philippines, as a State Party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, has a authorized and ethical obligation to advertise, shield and fulfil the human rights of each baby.
“Every baby’s proper to life, to develop to her or his full potential, to be heard, and to be protected against all varieties of violence are common and inalienable. There aren’t any exceptions. These rights apply with out qualification.
“UNICEF Philippines joins the many organisations and people coming collectively to demand motion to stop any additional loss of children’s lives.
“There is no higher value for a society than to protect its own children and youth.”
Meanwhile, Pablo Virgilio David, the Bishop of Caloocan, stated at the moment that the war on medication had turned his diocese right into a “killing field”.
In a press briefing with Senator Risa Hontiveros Bishop David stated areas close to Caloocan, corresponding to the cities of Navotas and Malabon, had additionally skilled killings.
In Caloocan, he stated at the very least 80 per cent of the killings had been completed by “vigilantes”.
“We don’t know who they are, but they roam the streets every night,” he stated.
He added that the majority of the victims had been from amongst the poorest in society. “That’s what makes my heart bleed.” he stated. “The majority of the victims are supporters of the president.
“Kian, he wanted to be a policeman. He genuinely believed that drugs was a problem in the community.”
The bishop stated Kian’s entire household voted for the president. “Now, they feel let down. They ask me, how come? How come we have been victimised?”