CHR condemns the recent attacks of NPA in Visayas

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in Region VIII has launched a motu proprio probe to aid in attaining justice for the fallen soldiers in the latest attacks allegedly committed by suspected New People’s Army members.

On 7 October, the rebels allegedly attacked Jipapad, Eastern Samar. On 8 October, two soldiers were also slain in a series of clash with NPA rebels in Barangay Carabalan, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental.

According to the reports, the rebels made a surprise attack at 1:30 am, which was a vulnerable hour when the community is deep in their slumber.

The two soldiers, who died were identified as Staff Sergeant John Claire Flores and Private First Class Mark Edupancho Siscar from the 52nd Infantry Battalion of the Army’s 8th Infantry Division.

Two more soldiers from the same group were injured and a stray bullet also hit a 10 year old girl.

“We deeply condole with the family and colleagues of the 4 fallen soldiers who sacrificed their lives in fidelity to their mandate of ensuring peace and security in communities. The commission also prays for the speedy recovery of the wounded soldiers and the young girl caught in the firefight,” based on the commission’s statement.

CHR also said, that even in a conflict situation, non-state agents are governed by International Humanitarian Law and has equal accountability with respect to human rights.

“We reiterate that no ideology nor circumstance can justify atrocious attacks that deliberately transgress the right the right to life, especially when innocent civilians are harmed,” the commission also said.

CHR calls on concerned agencies to ensure swift accountability of the perpetrators as well as prevention of heightened hostilities in the aforementioned areas.

“As we recognize the readiness of the government to defend conflict-ridden communities, we equally support and stress the importance of holistic programs that endeavor to address the root causes of conflict toward upholding the people’s right to sustainable peace and development,” the commission added.

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