Press Release
September 7, 2017

Sen. Bam calls on gov't to end brutal killings, rethink drug war

Sen. Bam Aquino condemned the brutal killing of a 14-year-old teenager as he called on the government to suspend and rethink its bloody war against illegal drugs.

"Kasuklam-suklam ang pag-torture at pagsaksak ng 30 beses sa isang katorse anyos," said Sen. Bam, referring to the number of stab wounds inflicted on Reynaldo de Guzman, whose body was discovered in Gapan, Nueva Ecija.

"We call on the administration to suspend Oplan Double Barrel and rethink this bloody drug war," added Sen. Bam.

De Guzman was the last person seen with 19-year-old Carl Arnaiz on Aug. 17. On that night, Arnaiz was killed in Caloocan City. Police claimed that allegedly exchanged gunfire with policemen after a taxi driver claimed that the 19-year-old robbed him at gunpoint. Ten days later, Arnaiz's body was found in a morgue in Caloocan. De Guzman's body was discovered nine days after Arnaiz's body was found.

Sen. Bam urged the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to ensure those behind the brutal murder of De Guzman are caught, tried and imprisoned.

"We call on all our countrymen to stand up against this culture of violence. We must put an end to all these killings," said Sen. Bam.

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