CHR to probe rape-slay cases of kids in Makati, Bulacan
MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) vowed on Thursday to investigate the recent rape-slay cases of children in Makati and Bulacan.
In a statement, CHR Spokesperson Atty. Jacqueline Ann de Guia said the Commission “strongly condemns” the brutal rape-slay committed against a one-year-old boy in Barangay San Antonio, Makati and a five-year-old girl in Barangay San Miguel, Calumpit, Bulacan.
“The ruthless act done to both victims has no place in our society. Sexual and violent attacks toward the innocent [are] blatant desecration to human life and dignity,” she underscored.
De Guia said CHR-Region III shall be investigating the case in Bulacan in line with their mandate of extending special attention to the plight of children as a vulnerable sector.
Similar actions will be carried out in the case of the one-year-old boy, De Guia said.
The CHR, she added, would closely monitor the cases and ensure that the perpetrators would be persecuted to the full extent of the law.
“The recent rape-slay cases involving children victims just prove that sexual violence has no face. As a nation, we must combine all efforts in safeguarding the lives of the innocent and the most vulnerable,” De Guia added.
Gerald Reparip, the suspect in the rape and killing of the one-year-old boy left in an abandoned building in Makati City, has admitted committing the crime. He is under the custody of the Makati City Police and would be facing a complaint of rape with homicide.
Personnel of the Calumpit police had also arrested the suspect in the rape-slay of the five-year-old girl. /jpv
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