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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesWednesday, June 5, 2013
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CHR notes increase in rights violations


The Commission on Human Rights in Negros Oriental yesterday said that rights violations, allegedly involving policemen of the Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office, have been reported in Manjuyod and Valencia towns and Dumaguete City in the past three weeks.

CHR field investigator Jesus Cañete said he has required the cops to file their counter-affidavits.

He said a 54-year-old resident claimed he was maltreated by policemen who arrested him in Tagpo, Manjuyod on May 23, without presenting the alias warrant of arrest for a murder case in 1988.

Leonardo Casido claimed a group of policemen fired warning shots, barged into his house while he was defecating, and hit him in the back with a long firearm. He added that, at the police station, he was slapped by a certain “Police Officer Somoza”, who turned out to be the son of the policeman who was murdered in 1988, with Casido as one of the suspects, Cañete said.

In Valencia, a certain SPO3 Javito Amores has filed a case of direct assault against three civilians involving an incident in a restobar at the poblacion recently.

But Dionesio Ijan Sr., his son, Dionesio Jr., and sister Marivic Limpahan, sought the assistance of the CHR in filing a complaint against Amores, allegedly for punching them, Cañete said.

In Dumaguete, Cañete said PO3 Rex Tan is filing a case of direct assault against a certain Gary Calbog, a painter, who allegedly attacked him with a bolo when he tried to warn him against hurting the dog of their neighbor in Barangay Bunao last June 1.

But Calbogclaimed he surrendered his bolo to Tan after he fired a warning shot, and was shocked when the cop kicked him in the abdomen, face and stomach several times while he was handcuffed.

Calbog said he was hospitalized due to the injuries he sustained in the hands of Tan, the CHR records show.*JG

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