LOOK: Catriona Gray visits children orphaned by ‘drug war’

Catriona and Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc chairperson Stella Araneta visit the Program for Orphans under Fr Tony Labiao in Quezon City

WARM HUG. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona hugs one of the kids under the care of Fr. Tony Labiao's charity program called 'The Program for the Orphans.' Photos by Bruce Cassanova/Bb Pilipinas

MANILA, Philippines – Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray on Wednesday, February 27, dropped by the St. Peter’s Parish in Commonwealth, Quezon City to visit children who were orphaned as a result of the administration’s ongoing campaign against illegal drugs.

The program for the orphans is part of the Abot Kamay Alang-alang sa Pagbabago (AKAP) Pamilya Program headed by Father Tony Labiao, Vicar General for Pastoral Affairs of the Diocese of Novaliches.

In a text message to Rappler, Labiao said he’s been in charge of the program since November 2017: “We still continue with our profiling. As of now, we have already around 200 kids and teens in 5 centers. We have a psychosocial intervention called ‘Hilom Sining’ and educational assistance.”

“Hilom Sining” is facilitated through the help of the Ateneo de Manila University and Miriam College.

Catriona Gray, BPCI chairperson Stella Araneta, and Fr. Tony Labiao with some of the kids.

President Rodrigo Duterte started his campaign against illegal drugs – often called the “drug war” – in 2016. Philippine police have been criticized for resorting to extrajudicial means in the name of the campaign – an allegation they deny. 

Over 20,000 deaths have been attributed to the campaign. Of those, over 5,050 were a result of police operations. – with a report from Alexa Villano/Rappler.com