CHR condemns uptick of violence vs women

Commission on Human Rights (CHR) condemned the recent spate of violence against women and killings across different localities in the country.

CHR in recent weeks has monitored an increase in abductions and incidents of gender-based violence (GBV) perpetrated against women and children and the increasing number of killings across different localities in the country.

To recall, industrial engineer Princess Dianne Dayor from Barangay Tikay, Malolos, was found dead on 05 July after being reported missing on 2 July.

The body of Josie Bonifacio, 40, of Barangay Quirino, was found on 9 August, several hours after she was declared missing by her husband.

Recently, on 23 August, the body of missing person Jovelyn Galleno surfaced after she was declared missing on 5 August, and the rape-slay of 29 year old Lovely Ann Villagomez, that occurred in Malabon.

“CHR condemn perpetrators behind these incidents and we re-echo our call in our previous statement, as is the call of Senator Imee Marcos and Gabriela party-list group Representative Arlene Brosas for law enforcers to immediately investigate and employ action in line with the government responsibility to protect women, children, and as duty-bearer under Republic Act No. 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women,” said CHR Executive Director, Atty. Jaqueline Ann de Guia.

She added that this is increasingly important as more children return to school with the resumption of face-to-face classes.

“We note that based on police reports, suspect/s in all four GBV incidents have already been apprehended. While police operations continue to investigate the foiled-abduction attempt of a minor in Caloocan, CHR shall conduct its separate inquiry through its NCR office,” she added.

As CHR investigations with regards to the killing of two minors in Laguna and Bulacan continue, all other GBV cases mentioned above, are too being investigated by the CHR through its Regional Offices in Region II, III, IV-B, and financial assistance has been provided to the family of Princess Dayor and the minor killed in Bulacan.

Beyond the GBV cases CHR has taken cognizance of, equally concerning are the killings that led to the deaths of a couple on their way to a court hearing in Quezon, the shooting incident in Taguig, robbery slay of a 16 year old scholar in Barangay Bulacao, Cebu City and the still unclear manner of deaths of the Tiamzons in a military encounter.

Taking into account the possibility of similar cases and continued GBV cases that may occur, CHR welcomes the announcements of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to look into these killings and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) action for heightened police visibility as a deterrent to crime.

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