Senate probe sought over alleged brutality vs kids and teens, killings during police ops

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 18)— Senator Risa Hontiveros is set to file a resolution seeking an investigation into reported killings during police operations in the country, including those that involved children and teenagers.

The move comes after the death of a 16-year-old in Laguna, who according to reports was allegedly killed by police officers during an operation.

"Anong laban ng isang bata sa isang armadong institusyon? Bakit ba ang lalakas ng loob ng ilan sa mga pulis na mang-api at kumitil ng mga kabataang walang kalaban-laban? This is a serious human rights violation that needs to be investigated," the senator said in a statement on Friday.

[Translation: What can a child do against an armed institution? Why do some police officers have the courage to abuse and kill children who cannot fight?]

Hontiveros added that the teenager's death should not be considered an isolated case, citing how other police operations led to the demise of other minors including 17-year-old Kian delos Santos.

READ: 3 cops found guilty of murdering Kian delos Santos

"This relentless, unabated slaughter of our people must stop," Hontiveros added. "This should never be the status quo."