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The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) strongly condemns the ruthless killing of Kian Loyd Delos Santos, a 17-year-old Grade 11 student, who was allegedly shot in Brgy. 163 Sta. Quiteria, Caloocan City, by police officers in their anti-illegal drug operations on August 16, 2017.

CWC Executive Director Mitch Cajayon-Uy reiterates Article 40 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) which states that “any child below 18 years of age, alleged or accused of infringing penal law has the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. They should be treated in a manner consistent with the promotion of the child’s sense of dignity and worth.”

“Whatever may have been the status of a child, he or she must be given due process, and his or her rights must be upheld,” CWC Executive Director Mitch Cajayon-Uy emphasized.

Under Republic Act (R.A.) 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act, children in conflict with the law (CICL) also have rights and interests which should be protected. The same law sets out the appropriate treatment for CICL which is entirely different from adults who committed crimes.

“Children are being taken advantage of their age in terms of criminal liability, thus they are prone to being used as channels for crimes,” she added.

Executive Director Mitch Cajayon-Uy also pointed out that, “the fact that Kian exclaimed that he has an exam the following day, should already have given an impression to the police that he might still be a minor.”

CWC acknowledges that there may be discrete entrapment operations done by the police. However, CWC strongly urges the law enforcement, particularly the Philippine National Police, to act upon the existing Manual in Handling Cases of Children at Risk and Children in Conflict with the Law that states that the “Police officers shall take note that the physical custody of the child shall be turned over to the appropriate persons or agencies, within eight hours after initial contact.” Notably, this Manual was created to accord the protection of children from incidences of violence, abuse and exploitation.

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