CHR 13 to conduct probe on governor's ambush in Agusan del Norte

April 1, 2015 5:33 am 

Butuan City, March 31 — A top regional official of the Commission on Human Rights office here in Caraga Region said Monday morning, that their office will conduct its own investigation on the ambush of the five-vehicle convoy of Agusan del Norte Governor Maria Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba on Thursday about noontime last week.

Atty. Marilyn Pintor, CHR-13 regional director, in a media interview on Monday morning, said that their office had not started yet their investigation on the incident, but said that eventually, their probe would focus on ascertaining whether there was a violation on human rights law applicable during armed conflict under the so-called Comprehensive Agreement on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CAHRIHL).

"We will look into the incident if there were violations of the human rights standards based on the international humanitarian law," Pintor said.

Pintor, who was the guest of honor and speaker during the DSWD 13's "Korambusan 2015," a culmination rite of the Women's month celebration of the agency, cited the ambush incident earlier during her message for the occasion as "alarming since the governor and party were just returning from a remote village implementing a government project which was a turnover of a school building to the educational institution and local government unit of the place."

The governor's service vehicle bore some bullet holes and a police escort, assigned to the Provincial Police Public Safety Company, was hit on the right shoulder during the incident.

She said that this could be among the topics of a regional forum today here in the city which will discuss on "Women Peace and Security: Issues Affecting Women In The Conflict Areas," to be held at a local convention center here.

Pintor discussed other issues such as women empowerment, women education and the ending of violence against women whom she said constituted one-half of the world and the country's population. (PNA)

RMA/NOEL B. NAJARRO/EBP

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