Palace rejects calls to abolish CHR on probe of rape suspect's death

Palace rejects calls to abolish CHR on probe of rape suspect's death

The Palace rejected calls to abolish the Commission on Human Rights when the investigative body chose to investigate on the alleged killing of a rape suspect. The rape suspect, who is the second suspect in the case, raped two female passengers in a colorum van last June 10.

Communications Secretary Herminio "Sonny" Coloma Jr lambasted that call, saying the argument is too simplistic. He said in a radio interview: "Para namang masyadong simple o casual ‘yung narinig ko sa inyong pananaw na kapag ang Commission on Human Rights sa ating bansa ay nagsabi niyan na kinakailangan pa ng pagsisiyasat, ang kagyat na tugon ay bubuwagin ito. Ano namang klaseng pananaw ‘yan?"

Palace rejects calls to abolish CHR on probe of rape suspect's death

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Some people have lambasted CHR, including president-elect Rodrigo Duterte, for being hypocritical. But while many see CHR as a roadblock to swift justice, the mandate of CHR is precisely to investigate on cases of abuse of human rights no matter who is on the receiving end, be it a convicted felon or a regular citizen. The CHR is constitutional body mandated to look into all forms of human rights violations which include violations on civil and political rights. The decision of the CHR to probe on the killing is just part of its job.

"Hindi naman ito nagtuturing. Lahat naman ng Pilipino, lahat ng mamamayan ay sakop nitong proteksyon ng ating Saligang Batas na dapat isakatuparan ng Commission on Human Rights," said Coloma.

The Palace remained firm and advised the public not to make hasty generalizations or conclusions on the actions of the CHR.

"Baka naman dapat ay maghinay-hinay lang ‘yung mga napakabilis na tumalon sa mga konklusyon," he said.

Alfie "Buddy" Turado was killed last Friday when it tried to steal the firearm of an arresting officer.  He was with his fellow suspect, Wilfredo Lorenzo, when the Turado attempted to grab the officer's gun.

The suspects were on their way with the police to where they kept the items they stole from their victims.

Turado's father, Arturo, said he could not believe his son, who was in handcuffs, would try to escape police custody.

Despite this, the Quezon City police department is ready to cooperate with the CHR. The QCPD maintained that its version of the events was true.

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