Palace issues reminder to parents amid spate of teen deaths

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 08 2017 02:45 PM

MANILA – Malacañang on Friday reminded parents to keep close watch on their children and to keep them away from “questionable activities,” even as it expressed “deep concern” over the recent killings of teenagers.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said parents must warn their children “not to be physically near, not to entertain suspicious activities or companions” and “to be careful.” This, after the killing of Carl Angelo Arnaiz, Reynaldo de Guzman, and Kian Delos Santos.

Abella said the deaths must be investigated and that President Rodrigo Duterte “is very concerned and deeply protective of the next generation.”

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will cooperate with any investigation related to the deaths, Abella said, adding that “rogue cops, if and when allegations are proven true, have no place in an institution like the PNP.”

Arnaiz, 19, was killed by policemen in an alleged shootout with Caloocan police after the teen was allegedly involved in the mugging of a taxi driver. His companion, 14-year-old de Guzman, was initially reported missing and was later found dead in Gapan, Nueva Ecija. 

Earlier, 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos was also killed by policemen in an alleged shootout in Caloocan City.