Senator Miriam seeks probe on UPLB slays

MANILA, Philippines — Is there a need to increase the security in state universities and institutions? Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago wants to know as she filed a resolution seeking for a legislative probe on the spate of killings in the University of the Philippines-Los Banos (UPLB) and other public institutions to measure the need for increased security in these places.
“It is imperative upon the state to secure the welfare of the youth, especially its scholars; thus, the government should provide adequate security measures that will ensure the safety of its students in state universities and colleges,” Santiago explained in the Senate Resolution 742 filed Wednesday.
Santiago said various media outfits reported on March 4, 2012 that a University of the Philippines, Los Bailos (UPLB) student was robbed and killed while on his way home.
Bernard Penaranda, a 19-year-old BS Agriculture student of UPLB, died after two motorcycle-riding men robbed and stabbed him and two companions while they were on their way home from a dance practice.
The Penaranda killing happened five days after the rape-slay of 14-year-old Rochel Geronda, whose body was found inside a junk yard, also in Los Banos. It is the second killing involving a UPLB student this semester. UPLB student Given Grace Cebanico was raped and killed in October 2011.
Aside from UPLB, several heinous crimes have been committed in other universities as well, such as UP Diliman;
“For the betterment of our county’s future, our government should invest in the education of the youth; therefore, they should be accorded with full protection while learning in their respective institutions,” Santiago said.
She said local university officials should see to it that outsiders are not given free access to school grounds, or that they are properly identified before they are allowed to enter.
“Likewise, all state universities should have CCTV cameras, adequate lighting in all areas, and roaming security guards or school police officers, in order create a safer learning environment for the student population,” she explained.
“Be it hereby resolved by the Philippine Senate to direct the proper Senate Committee to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the reported need to increase security measures in state universities,” she said. 

(via gvillagracia)


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