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CHR probes death of minor

The Commission on Human Rights will investigate next week the death of a minor, reported by the military to have died when communist rebels strafed a military outpost in Toboso, Negros Occidental, shortly before the eve of the New People's Army anniversary on March 29.

CHR Investigator Ric Barraca said the probe is aimed at determining responsibility for the death of Arnie Amion, 11, whose residence is located near the detachment fired at by the rebels.

Investigations by the police Scene of the Crime Operatives showed the trajectory of the bullet as having come from the rebels, who had positioned themselves behind the detachment, Col. Jonas Sumagaysay, 393rd Infantry Brigade commander, said.

Amion, a Grade 5 pupil, was sleeping when hit fatally in the head by a stray bullet, police investigations showed.

Sumagaysay and Senior Supt. Allan Guisihan, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, condemned the death of the minor.

Sumagaysay said they have given P10,000 as financial assistance to the family of the victim. He reiterated his challenge to the human rights group, Karapatan, to denounce the latest NPA atrocity.*GPB




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