CHR to probe alleged Abu Sayyaf killings of soldiers in Basilan

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Commission on Human Rights' (CHR) executive director, Atty. Jacqueline Ann de Guia, said that the human rights commission will investigate the alleged attack of members of Abu Sayyaf to soldiers in Basilan. (Photo: Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines/Facebook)
Commission on Human Rights' (CHR) executive director, Atty. Jacqueline Ann de Guia, said that the human rights commission will investigate the alleged attack of members of Abu Sayyaf to soldiers in Basilan. (Photo: Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines/Facebook)

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is probing the killings of three soldiers in Al-Barka, Basilan that allegedly committed by members of Abu Sayyaf.

CHR’s executive director Atty. Jacqueline Ann de Guia condemned the attack on at least six men who were on their way to a hill to replace another group manning an army detachment of the 18th Infantry Battalion last Thursday (September 15).

Army Cpl. Mike Repoponio, Pfc. Jhon Philip Pamplona and Jerwin Capoy were killed in the attack. Two were shot in the head while the other died of a gunshot wound to the stomach.

"The Commission continues to strongly denounce any arbitrary attack that brazenly violates the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and tramples on the right of life. In the context of armed hostilities, disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force is prohibited under IHL," de Guia said in a statement.

"Belligerent armed groups and rogue elements that commit human rights abuses must be pursued and held accountable to ensure justice and to uphold the rule of law," she added, lamenting the "cycle of senseless violence" and acts of terror.

Separately, Gabriela Party-list Rep. Arlene Brosas asked for an increase in the budget of the human rights agency, after the Department of Budget and Management only allotted P803.3 million to the CHR, 118.233 million lower than its P921,156,000 budget for 2022.

Speaking during the House Committee on Appropriations hearing for the CHR’s budget, Brosas' appeal was supported by the likes of Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, AKO Bikol Party-list Rep. Raul Bongalon, and Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman.

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