CHR poised to “settle” issues on brutal slay of barangay councilor, barangay health worker in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental

August 11, 2015 5:10 am 

DUMAGUETE CITY, Aug. 10 – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in Negros Oriental is set to report to the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting Tuesday afternoon its investigation results on the brutal killing of a couple in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, a few months back.

Dr. Jess Cañete. D.P.A., head of the CHR-Negros Oriental, disclosed that his presentation will put to rest for once and for all the issues surrounding the Calago couple double murder and arson case.

To recall, Endric Calago, 47, a barangay councilor, and his wife, Rosalie, 43, a barangay health worker, and residents of Sitio Bantayan in Barangay Tacpao, Guihulngan City in northern Negros Oriental, were reported killed on May 24, 2015 around 10:45 in the evening.

Endric Calago sustained five gunshot wounds, skull fractures and graze wounds while Rosalie was charred beyond recognition with extremities missing and no gunshot wounds but reported to have died of suffocation.

Police investigators recovered 63 pieces of empty shells of Cal. 5.56 (M-16) mm recovered from the crime scene.

The crime was attributed by the victims’ family and sympathizers to the 11th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army, based in McKinley, Guihulngan City, and whose officers and men came under fire and strong criticisms from cause-oriented groups for the Calago twin killings.

In the weeks that followed, a number of groups, to include the Promotion of Church People’s Response (PCPR), rallied against the 11th IB for the twin slays, with the couple’s two children being presented at a press conference to recount the details surrounding the deaths of their parents.

According to Cañete, he has personally visited the hinterland area where the crime was committed and has talked to the Guihulngan City police.

The findings of his thorough investigation will be discussed during the PPOC’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday afternoon at the Capitol where he will also be recommending that the Guihulngan police be cited for a well-managed case.

Cañete also said he will be making pronouncements on the events and other circumstances related to the killing of the barangay councilor and the barangay health worker but he declined to elaborate. (PNA)

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