QUEZON CITY—Recent reports may have created an impression that the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has come up with a definitive conclusion regarding extrajudicial killing (EJK) cases.
The Task Force on EJKs of the CHR clarified that its upcoming initial report refers only to cases under investigation from May 2016 to January 2017, totaling 463 cases.
It was therefore premature for the CHR to draw any conclusion during the March 27 interview that either exonerates or condemns any State official and the institutions they represent, as well as private individuals or groups, regarding responsibility for the killings.
“Our work at the CHR in investigating EJK cases nationwide continues, with impartiality and truth as our guiding lights, and, at a more opportune time, we shall come out with a more comprehensive and complete report on the EJK cases referred to the task force,” Commissioner Gwendolyn Pimintel-Gana said.
The Task Force on EJK called for an end to speculations as to whether all or some of the EJK cases were State-sponsored until every case is resolved.
The CHR, as the independent National Human Rights Institution, is committed in seeking the truth, backed by evidence, and enjoins fellow State institutions and stakeholders, to continue working together in shedding light to the spate of killings that continue to happen so that accountability and justice could be served. ###
Atty. Jacqueline Ann C. de Guia
OIC, Public Affairs and Strategic Communication Office
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