Ito na naman! De Lima slams PNP over boy’s death during alleged shootout

Senator Leila De Lima / photo file from Philstar

Manila, Philippines – Detained senator  Leila de Lima has condemned the death of a six-year old boy who was caught in an alleged shootout between a policeman and a drug suspect in Caloocan City last April 29.

According to a report by Manila Bulletin, Gian Habal, Grade 1 student, was playing outside his house in Camarin, Caloocan where he was hit by a stray bullet in the head.

The incident happened when Corporal Rocky delos Reyes was exchanging fire with the a drug suspect whom he identified as a certain “Botchok.”

De Lima said the children should “never pay” the price for the Duterte administration’s war on drugs which she said that targeted only the poor and defenseless.

“Isa na namang inosenteng bata ang napatay at tuluyang pinagkaitan ng kinabukasan at pagkakataon na matupad ang mga pangarap sa buhay,” De Lima said in a statement

“Gian’s tragedy is just part of the many children who were killed in this kind of bloody incident,” the former justice secretary said

De Lima stressed that the government should put an end to its anti-narcotics campaign which continues to promote the culture of violence.

“I have repeatedly said that the attempt to bring suspected offenders to justice should not be at the expense of precious human lives,” De Lima said

“This should serve as a reminder to the entire police force to know the proper response in every life-threatening situation to avoid putting innocent lives at risk,” she added.

Meanwhile, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde earlier stated that .45 caliber pistol of Delos Reyes would undergo ballistic examination to confirm whether the bullet that hit Habal was indeed fired from the policeman’s firearms.

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