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CHR conducts public inquiry in Caraga

By Mike A. Imbo

Butuan City (2 January) -- The Commission on Human Rights (CHR)-Caraga Region recently conducted public inquiry on extralegal killings and hostage taking graced by CHR Chairman Leila De Lima and Jose Manuel Mamauag, focal Commissioner on human rights for Mindanao held at the Malvar Hall, Balangai Hotel, Barangay Doongan, this city.

During the activity, CHR-Caraga Regional Director Atty. Marylin Pintor elaborated the unsolved killings in Agusan del Sur.

Also present during the activity is a lumad named Aniana Perez, mother of Ondo Perez the alleged hostage taker who made statements related to clan war of the Perez's and the Tubay's.

Meanwhile, some government officials of the province of Agusan del Sur, military and alleged suspects, among others were invited to deliver facts and statements to clarify the killings in the province and hostage-taking involvement.

Prior to the public inquiry, CHR led by Chairman De Lima left the forum and traveled to Agusan del Sur Provincial Jail last Thursday to investigate the status of hostage taker Danilo "Ondo" Perez and his group.

During the investigation, the group found out that Perez's group was arrested due to impending warrant of arrest orders issued by local court due to an earlier serious criminal charges hurled against him and his group.

Agusan del Sur Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Josefina Bajade had earlier taken note of the fact that three out of the 15 members of Perez's group were minors.

"Perez and his armed group were jailed due to earlier serious criminal charges with pending warrant of arrests order and not for the hostage taking incident that transpired December 10, 2009" Bajade said.

However, CHR Chairperson De Lima and Commissioner Mamauag, along with CHR personnel from Caraga office headed by Regional Director Atty. Marylin Pintor, were alarmed that three minors were held in a detention cell.

In any case, Bajade said it is now up to the Provincial Prosecutor's Office to decide on the fate of the three minors still at the Agusan del Sur Provincial Jail.

The purpose of the two-day public inquiry of the fact finding committee is just to gather data and information to create a complete and thoughtful solution if there was human rights violation occurred, it was gathered. (PIA-Caraga) [top]

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