HRC denounces ‘attacks by NPA rebels’ in Visayas – Manila Bulletin
The Human Rights Commission (CHR) has denounced the recent attacks perpetrated by suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Jipapad, eastern Samar, where two soldiers died on October 7th.
Additionally, the CHR said it recognizes the sacrifices and courage of two other soldiers who were killed in clashes with suspected NPA members in Barangay Carabalan, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental on October 8th.
Based on reports, the CHR said Staff Sergeant John Claire Flores and Private First Class Mark Edupancho Siscar of the Army’s 8th Infantry Division’s 52nd Infantry Battalion were killed during the attack on Eastern Samar.
The attack also injured two other soldiers from the same group and a 10-year-old girl who was hit by a stray bullet.
The atrocities “deserve strong condemnation,” the HRC said in a statement.
He said the HRC in Region VIII has launched its own investigation to help secure justice for fallen soldiers and their families.
“Even in a conflict situation, non-state actors are governed by international humanitarian law and have an equal human rights responsibility. We reaffirm that no ideology or circumstance can justify atrocious attacks that deliberately violate the right to life, especially when innocent civilians are harmed,” the CHR stressed.
“We express our heartfelt condolences to the family and colleagues of the four fallen soldiers who sacrificed their lives in faithfulness to their mandate to provide peace and security to communities. The Commission also prays for the speedy recovery of the wounded soldiers and the girl caught in the shooting,” the CHR said.
He then called on relevant government agencies to ensure “prompt accountability” against the perpetrators and prevent the escalation of hostilities.
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