CHR holds own probe of VAWC cases

The Commission on Human Rights on Friday said it is conducting its investigation into four reported cases of violence against women and children from 9 to 13 March.

Among the four cases is that of a 67-year-old woman from Pasig City who died from blunt head trauma, with her remains retrieved from a box in Norzagaray, Bulacan last weekend. Her 28-year-old son confessed to the National Bureau of Investigation that he committed the crime.

Kimberly Achas, 22, died after she was stabbed by her live-in partner, Elson Jamisola, in Don Carlos, Bukidnon last Saturday. The crime was captured on CCTV, with the video shared online. The suspect has been arrested and faces a murder charge.

The CHR also cited the rape of a 13-year-old by her grandfather in Pampanga who is facing incestuous rape charges, as well as the killing of four siblings aged six to 14 by their stepfather in Trece Martires, Cavite. The stepfather committed suicide afterward.

“As the country’s Gender Ombud, the CHR strongly condemns these violent acts and stands with the victims’ families in their calls for swift justice and redress. Parallel to police probes, the CHR is conducting its independent motu proprio investigations into the aforementioned cases,” the CHR statement read.

Expressing alarm over the cases, the CHR sought the intensification of government efforts to implement laws against VAWC, including Republic Act 9262 or the Anti-Violence against Women and their Children Act, and RA 8353, or the Anti-Rape Law of 1997.

“We remind the government that, as a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Philippine government must uphold women and children’s rights through urgent action,” CHR said.

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