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PNP examines body believed to be of missing 16-year-old

The Senate is set to conduct an investigation into the spate of gruesome killings of minors and teens partly attributed to the Duterte administration’s war on drugs. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File

MANILA, Philippines –  The Philippine National Police has conducted an autopsy and DNA test on a body found in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan believed to be of 16-year-old Michael Remecio.

According to TV reports, a decomposing body was found in sack in a dumpsite in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan on Wednesday, September 13.

Michael's parents, who have been looking for their son since he disappeared on August 25, identified the body through the clothes their son was last seen wearing.

The PNP conducted an autopsy and a DNA test on the body. Friday morning. Michael’s parents agreed to have a sample taken from them.

Michael’s mother, Genevia, told reporters that her son asked permission on the night of August 25 to earn extra money by driving a tricycle. The boy however did not go home on August 25.

His parents then sought the help from the authorities to locate their son.

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When Genevia and her husband, Dionisio, learned that a body was found at a dumpsite in Bulacan, they went to the area and identified the body as their missing son.

Remecio’s death is the fourth in the recent spate of teenager killings seemingly connected to the government’s drug war.

Brutal killings of 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos, 19-year-old Carl Arnaiz and 14-year-old Reynaldo “Kulot” De Guzman have sparked public outrage.
Separate complaints of murder have been filed at the Department of Justice against members of the Caloocan police.

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