CHR condemns, seeks probe on cop’s killing of mother and son in Tarlac
MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Monday said it will seek its own investigation on the “brazen” and “senseless” killing of a mother and her son in Tarlac on Sunday.
“Such brazen, senseless killing deserves our strongest condemnation. While investigations continue to ascertain the reason for the altercation, no one deserves to be deprived of their life at whim,” CHR Spokesperson Att. Jacqueline Ann de Guia said in a statement.
“CHR, through our concerned Regional Office, shall also be investigating this incident,” she added.
According to a report by Tarlac police, the suspect identified as Police Senior Master Sergeant Jonel Nuezca is an officer assigned at the Parañaque City Police Crime Laboratory.
De Guia said that it is “unacceptable” that the police are at the forefront of perpetuating human rights violations.
“The police force is expected to be disciplined, discerning, and professional. The PNP ought to live by their motto of “To Serve and Protect.” Each and every police is expected to protect our rights,” she explained.
With this, the CHR reiterated its call on the government to conduct a widespread investigation on allegations of arbitrary killing. It also re-emphasized its demand for justice and truth behind the deaths.
“The government cannot claim adherence to human rights principles and allow impunity to worsen by not making sure perpetrators are held to account,” said De Guia.
“Promises made by the government to uplift the human rights condition in the country must translate into the improvements of the situation on the ground. We have seen deaths after deaths. How much more until the killings stop?” she asked.
The commission meanwhile called on the public to refrain from publicly criticizing the child seen in the CCTV video of the incident – which has been making rounds on social media.
“Vilifying the minor publicly, even posting the child’s name and photos, may inflict irreparable trauma that might worsen this situation. Let proper interventions deal with the child’s situation separately,” said De Guia.
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