MANILA (UPDATE) — The horrific rape and murder of a 1-year-old male infant by a Makati construction worker was a "positive demonstration" of the evils that drug syndicates bring to the country, Malacañang said Thursday.
"Iyan ang positibong demonstrasyon ng ginagawa ng mga nasa sindikato ng droga at kung bakit ang presidente ay nakapokus kasi 'yan ang mangyayari sa ating bansa na palaging mayroong ganyan," Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.
(The crime shows the ill effects of illegal drugs in the Philippines and why the president is focused on getting rid of these drug syndicates in the country because these incidents always happen.)
The infant boy was found dead in an abandoned building in Makati City early Wednesday.
Suspect Gerald Reparip, 28, later confessed to raping and killing the little boy. However, police said they have yet to establish whether Reparip was addicted to drugs.
According to Panelo, this proves the earlier assertion of Duterte that illegal drugs destroy families.
"Iyan ang matagal nang sinasabi ng Presidente (that's what the President has long been saying): families are being dysfunctional, dangers lurk all over this country as long as the drug syndicate is not totally dismantled," Panelo said.
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) also condemned the rape-slay, saying the incident "has no place in our society."
"Sexual and violent attacks towards the innocent is a blatant desecration to human life and dignity," said CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia.