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DepEd condemns ‘barbaric murder’ of Grade 9 Cebu student

/ 11:56 AM March 12, 2019
DepEd condemns 'barbaric murder' of Grade 9 Cebu student

Curious onlookers surround the body of Christine Lee Silawan, who was found with half of her face skinned in an empty lot in Barangay Bangkal, Lapu-Lapu City. Contributed photo | Jayboy D. Donaire via Cebu Daily News

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) strongly condemned the “barbaric murder” of a Grade 9 student, who was believed to have been raped before her face was skinned and her body dumped in a vacant lot in Barangay Bangkal, Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu province.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Education department called on the authorities for a swift resolution of the case.

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The DepEd also extended its condolences to the family of the victim identified as 17-year-old Christine Silawan.

“As the Department calls on the local government unit and the police to swiftly bring to justice the cold-blooded criminals, it likewise enjoins the public in the shared responsibility of protecting children from all forms of abuse, violence, exploitation, and threat,” DepEd said.

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“The Department extends its deepest condolences to the grieving family and requests the DepEd community for voluntary contribution to provide the bereaved with adequate financial assistance,” it added.

The Lapu-Lapu City police director has ordered a manhunt against three men who were the last persons seen with Silawan before she was found dead by passersby on Monday morning. /cbb

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