Imee condemns ‘growing lawlessness’

Senator Imee Marcos stressed on Friday that she is disappointed with the “apparent inaction” of law enforcers on the “growing lawlessness” in the country which resulted into “the deaths of our troops.”

This comes after the deaths of two soldiers Kabugao, Apayao in a gunfight against insurgents last 18 August. The soldiers were identified as 2LT Nasser Dimalanes of Maguindanao and PFC James Fontanilla Jr. of La Union.

The lady senator also slammed the killing of Patrolman Mark Monge of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion, who died in the hands of suspected members of the New People’s Army.

“Equally condemnable is the recent spate of killings of young women particularly a seven-year-old girl in Pila, Laguna and a 15-year-old in Bustos, Bulacan — who fell in the hands of deranged criminals,” Marcos said.

“If we can’t protect our men in uniform and youth from evil forces that roam our streets and countryside, who will?” she added.

In a related development, Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. asked the Philippine National Police to verify reports emerging on social media alleging increasing abductions of minor children, mostly female, by persons aboard white vans.

This, after reports of abductions, emerged on social media causing paranoia among parents, especially since children are back in face-to-face classes.

The PNP has previously issued a statement on the matter dismissing claims as “unverified and not true.”

In a letter addressed to PNP Chief Rodolfo Azurin Jr., Revilla urged the PNP to seriously look into the matter as those reports are starting to cause widespread panic and concern.

He also urged the police to investigate reports involving rape and sexual assault of hapless women.

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