Makabayan seeks House probe into death of 3-year-old in buy-bust

Mara Cepeda
Makabayan seeks House probe into death of 3-year-old in buy-bust
'The drug war has impaired the future of thousands of Filipino children,' say the 6 progressive legislators who filed the House resolution

MANILA, Philippines – Six legislators from the progressive Makabayan bloc are calling for a congressional investigation on the death of a 3-year-old who was caught in the cross fire during a buy-bust operation in Rodriguez, Rizal. 

On Tuesday, July 9, the following legislators filed House Resolution (HR) No. 41 directing the committee on human rights to probe into the death of 3-year-old Kateleen Myca Ulpina:

  • Arlene Brosas, Gabriela Women’s Party
  • Carlos Zarate, Ferdinand Gaite, and Eufemia Cullamat, Bayan Muna
  • France Castro, Alliance of Concerned Teachers
  • Sarah Elago, Kabataan

“The drug war has impaired the future of thousands of Filipino children who continue to grapple with the psychological, emotional, social, and economic impact of the killings of their loved ones, and worse, Filipino children themselves being the casualties of police operations,” said the Makabayan bloc. 

Ulpina was killed during an operation that targeted her father, Renato Dolorfina, and another unidentified cohort early morning of June 29. Police claimed Dolorfina supposedly used his child as a “human shield” during the shootout. 

But his wife said in an interview with GMA News that the family was sleeping on the floor when the cops barged into their home. 

Former top cop turned Senator Ronald dela Rosa already drew flak from his colleagues for making light of the killing of the 3-year-old. (READ: ‘Shit happens’: Collateral damage in police ops can’t be avoided says Bato

The Commission on Human Rights likewise condemned Ulpina’s death, saying minors killed because of President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war are “simply not collateral damage.” – Rappler.com

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Mara Cepeda

Mara Cepeda specializes in stories about politics and local governance. She covers the Office of the Vice President, the Senate, and the Philippine opposition. She is a 2021 fellow of the Asia Journalism Fellowship and the Reham al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship of the UN. Got tips? Email her at mara.cepeda@rappler.com or tweet @maracepeda.