PHL child welfare group mourns with the world over Connecticut gun rampage

PHILIPPINE child welfare group, Akap Bata Party-List joined the world in mourning over the killing of not less than 20 students of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut, USA aging from 5-10 years old.

The group further conveys their deep and sincere condolences to the parents and relatives of all the victims of what they called as ‘one of the worst heinous single-case of mass killing of children ever recorded globally.’

Akap Bata Party-List also urges US President Barrack Obama to review its policies in terms of gun restrictions, which the group believes would somehow combat the ever-worsening culture of violence in their country and the rest of the first-world nations.

Filipino child advocates also wants PH President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to also implement stricter laws on ownership and use of guns locally, as well as to strengthen security efforts on schools nationwide in order for us not to have similar case with that of in Connecticut, USA.

‘May the Connecticut gun rampage incident serves as a strong warning and at the same time a wake-up call to the Philippine government to not take the security of our children for granted. In the same manner, protecting the safety of our young generations in schools and in their communities further guarantees their basic and inherent right to life and live,’ says Love Carlos, National Spokesperson of Akap Bata Party-List.

Carlos added, ‘For the longest time, our children suffer worse compared to the Connecticut gun rampage incident. Since time in memorial, numbers of cases of killings and abuse of innocent Filipino children were reported on different incidents yet local laws remain weak to punish culprits and end these senseless killings against minors.’

Akap Bata Party-List stresses that Filipino children experience worse child rights violations in militarized areas where land dispute over mining exists. They cited the most-recent Capion Massacre in South Cotabato wherein two children and a pregnant mother were peppered with bullets.

Carlos said, ‘What makes the killings worse in our country is that the killings are state-perpetrated and the killers are still at-large.’ She also stated the children in the Philippines do not only sympathize with the victims and survivors of the shooting incident in Connecticut but are one with them as Filipino children shares the same pain and agony.

‘We are also reminding our government that it is their moral obligation and social responsibility to create a just, safe and friendly society for our children. The State can only do this not just by safeguarding the physical security of our children, but also by providing them with their basic needs that will be beneficial for their holistic growth,’ Carlos ended.


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