31 children killed amid drug war: NGO

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 09 2017 03:25 PM | Updated as of Feb 10 2017 03:17 PM

A 17-year-old girl lays dead next to her doll after she and her friend were killed by unknown motorcycle-riding gunmen in Manila late October. According to the police, a sign on a cardboard reading "Tulak ka, hayop ka", which translates to "You are a drugpusher, you are an animal" was found with the body of the girl's friend. Damir Sagolj, Reuters

(UPDATE) COLLATERAL DAMAGE: Thirty-one children have been killed so far amid the government's war on drugs, a non-government organization said Thursday.

The fatalities, all below 18 years old, were slain between July 1, 2016 and January 31, 2017, according to the Children's Legal Rights and Development Center (CLRDC).

"Mayroon tayong mga bata na they were really targeted... They were not really spared on this war on drugs," CLRDC executive director Rowena Legaspi said.

The youngest of the victims, she said, was a 4-year-old girl.

The CLRDC also monitored the cases of 3 children who suffered severe trauma and fear after surviving a drug-related attack.

The group said the numbers can be higher, assuming that there are cases yet to be reported.

Legaspi appealed to authorities to "spare the children" during anti-drug operations.

She said authorities must also verify any information about the involvement of minors in the drug trade and "respect the right of the accused" in confronting the child. -- Report from Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News