DoJ seeks Antipolo prosecutors help on student’s death probe

The DoJ said that under the Department of Education Child Protection Policy, there is zero tolerance for any form of abuse and violence

The Department of Justice has asked the Antipolo City's Office of the City Prosecutor to help in the investigation with law enforcers on the case of a 14-year-old boy who died days after he was allegedly slapped by his teacher.

The DoJ said that the autopsy to determine the cause of death of the Grade 5 student identified as Francis Gumikib last 2 October is ongoing and being conducted by the Philippine National Police Forensic Laboratory.

Earlier, the DoJ — through the Committee on the Special Protection of Children — has already directed the OCP of Antipolo City to coordinate with law enforcement agencies on the investigation and case build-up on any offenses that may have been committed in relation to the death of and/or abuse perpetuated against the student.

It also declared that it "condemns any act of violence and abuse perpetuated against our children."

"Child abuse in any form is an abhorrent violation of children's rights and a crime that should never be tolerated," said the DoJ. "Children, especially learners, deserve a safe and nurturing environment where they can grow, learn, and thrive without fear of abuse."

Meantime, the Commission on Human Rights is conducting an independent investigation into the death of the student as it also urged the government to establish and strengthen the legislative, administrative and social measures that will secure the children's safety.

"The Commission deplores all acts which pose threats to safeguarding the rights and dignity of children," said the CHR in a statement.

With Lade jean Kabagani

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