3-year-old boy killed by police in Philippines
3-years-old Filipino boy has died after he was shot and killed by a police officer in the Philippines, a lawyer and human rights activists said Wednesday.
The boy, who is still in critical condition, was shot in the head by police officer Reynaldo Perna on May 16 after being stopped for running through a police checkpoint.
The incident sparked protests and a hunger strike by Filipino families demanding better treatment of their children.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) confirmed the incident Wednesday.
Perna’s death has raised questions about the police’s use of force, especially in the city of Taalbata in Lanao del Norte province.
The PNP, which is not subject to the country’s constitution, has said it will investigate Pernab’s death.
Philippine human rights lawyer Jose Miguel Albayalde, a former policeman, told Al Jazeera that Pernaba was an “honorable man”.
Albayalde said he believed the officer was “disrespected” and that he may have acted in self-defense.
Perca has not been charged with any crime.
A spokesman for the PNP said it is investigating the shooting.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has condemned the killing and ordered an inquiry.