16-year-old boy gunned down in Commonwealth, Quezon City

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16-year-old boy gunned down in Commonwealth, Quezon City
Cops say Aldrin Jore, a sophomore at Commonwealth High School, was not on any drug or crime lists

MANILA, Philippines – A 16-year-old was gunned down in Barangay Commonwealth, Quezon City, on Monday, October 2.

Aldrin Jore just got a haircut and was walking along Martan Street when an assailant approached him and shot him dead at around 5:30 pm.

Jore was a second-year high school student at the Commonwealth High School.

According to Quezon City Station 6 chief Superintenent Rossel Cejas, they have not found any leads regarding his shooting as he’s not in any drug or crime lists recorded by the police.

Wala pang witnesses na nag-i-step up, at walang solid evidence that points to a motive,” Cejas told Rappler in a phone interview. (There are stil no witnesses that have stepped up and there is still no solid evidence that points to a motive.)

According to the initial police report, Commonwealth residents told cops that the minor was a “well-known pimp of alleged prostitutes in the area,” a claim that the cops have yet to verify.

Cejas said they are not certain how many times and what part of the body the teen was shot, but they recovered two fired cartridges from the scene.

A passerby, Wenildreda Mendoza, got shot on the leg in the encounter, and was brought to the East Avenue Medical Center for treatment.

Cejas called on Commonwealth residents to remain calm, tagging Jore’s killing as “an isolated incident” in the “peaceful neighborhood.” 

At least 54 minors have been killed in the administration’s war on drugs as of July 2017, according to the Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center. After July, at least 3 more teenagers were brutally killed in separate incidents that were not all drug-related. The Senate is investigating these. – Rappler.com

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.