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DepEd condemns killing of teacher who supposed to serve in 2022 polls

DepEd condemns killing of teacher who supposed to serve in 2022 polls

The Department of Education denounced the killing of a teacher from Himamaylan National High School in Negros Occidental who was supposed to serve in the elections.

Teacher Mercy Besa Miguel was shot in Barangay Caradio-an on Sunday night. She was on her way home with her husband when their motorcycle was stopped by unidentified men.

Miguel was rushed to the hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

“Though it is unclear yet if such brutality was election-related, we denounce any acts of violence and injustice towards our teachers, who have dedicated their lives to the Filipino children and are now selflessly serving the country in this year’s election,” DepEd said.

DepEd extended its condolences to the bereaved family of the victim.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones vowed to provide financial help to the teacher’s family.

“We call on the local authorities in Negros Occidental to deliver swift justice for such heinous crime against our dearly departed colleague. Likewise, we reiterate our call to our partner agencies, especially the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, to protect our teachers, poll workers, and voters,” DepEd said.

“Violence is not and should not be part of the process of democracy. Together, let us stay vigilant and reinforce a free, peaceful, and credible election for this nation,” the department added.