Press Release
September 6, 2017

Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros on the brutal killing of 14-year old Reynaldo de Guzman

The brutal stabbing of 14-year-old Reynaldo de Guzman is a vile, gruesome, and barbaric act. Reynaldo, at the tender age of 14, did nothing to deserve such a fate. To be stabbed 31 times is no accident. It is the pure and simple murder of a child.

I hope this removes any doubt and settles with finality any discussion of whether or not there is a pattern and policy of killings under the Duterte government.

Under President Duterte's bloody war on drugs, there is a pattern of killing young and poor people, particularly innocent minors. There is a policy to kill.

I urge the people to stand up and insist that the Duterte government end its abusive war on drugs that created this culture of killing and impunity in our country.

To President Duterte and all the EJK deniers, here is your pattern. Here is the result of your policy.

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