19 April 2024 – The Department of Education (DepEd) vehemently condemns the murder of a Grade 8 learner from Agoncillo, Batangas.

DepEd sends its deepest condolences and prayers to the bereaved family and friends of the victim.

There is no place for such a brutal act in our society, more so against children who we aim to nurture as peace champions and nation builders.

We deplore this heartless act of violence against our learners. The agency likewise calls on local authorities to exhaust all efforts to ensure accountability of the perpetrator and render swift justice.

DepEd reaffirms its commitment in providing a safe and child-friendly environment in our schools for our teachers and learners, as we urge concerned law enforcement authorities to strengthen security measures to ensure the safety and protection of our children around our schools.

Thank you.