23 November 2023 — I strongly condemn the tragic and senseless killing of one of our teachers and her husband in Banisilan, Cotabato earlier today.

This act of violence is an attack not only on individuals but on the values of education, respect, and community.

I extend my sincerest condolences to their family and loved ones, and join them in this time of grief.

I call on our law enforcement authorities to apprehend and swiftly bring those responsible for this heinous act to justice.

DepEd reaffirms its commitment to providing a safe and nurturing environment for teachers and learners alike, where learning can thrive free from violence, fear and intimidation.

Thank you.

Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines
Secretary of the Department of Education