The Bangsamoro Human Rights Commission strongly condemns the brutal killing of Khaleed Abdulgajir, a senior high school student, in Barangay Nalil, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.

As the Children Ombud of the Bangsamoro, we denounce all acts of violence and brutality committed against children.

We urge the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tawi-Tawi and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to conduct a speedy and impartial investigation of the incident.

We assure the public that the Bangsamoro Human Rights Commission, through our Tawi-Tawi Provincial Office, shall likewise conduct an independent investigation of Khaleed’s death. We will extend assistance that can be provided by the mandates of the Commission. We will coordinate with the LGU and PNP of Tawi-Tawi to bring the perpetrators to justice without prejudice against the human rights of all concerned.

This act of violence has no place in our communities.