CHR summons Agusan governor, others to EJK hearings

January 27, 2010 11:28 am 

MANILA, Jan. 26 –- The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is summoning Agusan del Sur province Gov. Maria Valentina Plaza and 21 others to appear this month before its two-day public hearing on various extra-judicial killings (EJKs) there.

The hearings will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on January 28 and 29 at Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center in Doongan, Butuan City.

CHR said it already served copies of its summon order to Plaza, Noel Perez, Hadji Nora Buyog Pundugar, Esmael Badbaran Buyog, Ruel Salunoy, Aniana Perez, minor Jimboy Tubay, Anecito Camino, Junjie Anchangco, Leonora Luod Buyog, Datu Bagtikan Roy Boy Gamay Gallego, Calpito Egua, Joel Tubay, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples Caraga Office Regional Director Atty. Jose Jake Dumagan Jr., Assistant Regional State Prosecutor Vicente Abugho, Bgy. La Purisma Punong Barangay Guilbert Perez, Prosperidad Municipal Police Station Chief of Police PCI Apollo Abao, Bayugan City Police Station Chief of Police PCI Rudy Cuyop, Philippine Army 402nd Brigade 4th Infantry Division’s Commanding Officer Col. Emiliano Gupana II and its Intelligence and operation Officer Capt. Reynaldo Romel Goce (INF) as well as the 402nd Brigade 29th Infantry Batallion 4th Infantry Division’s CPL Eduardo Cenabre and CPL Alberto Perez.

The rights body also ordered Gupana II to serve its order upon Egua, also known as Datu Calpit, and Tubay at their respective addresses.

In its order, CHR's Fourth Commission said the public inquiry aims to gather substantial data, information and evidence to facilitate the expeditious resolution of the unsolved killings in Agusan del Sur.

It will also draw out a doable plan to address related issues and concerns of witnesses and relative; and specific and effective intervention from relevant government agencies such as Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for a more expeditious and effective investigation and/or resolution on the extralegal killings.

The Commission also ordered that copies of its summon be provided to AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Victor Ibrado and PNP Director-General Jesus Verzosa.

This body is requesting both officers to ensure the cooperation of AFP and PNP personnel summoned to appear at the EJK hearings.

CHR said it will look into all extra-legal killings in the province but will pay particular attention to the unsolved killings arising from conflict between two indigenous peoples (IP) clans.

These are the Ondo Perez clan and its rival, the group of Joel Tubay which is allegedly backed-up by Egua, CHR noted.

The war between these two groups led to the Dec. 10-13, 2009 hostage crisis in the province.

Seventy-five civilians were hostaged during that event, CHR pointed out.

”The Ondo Perez Gang, before releasing the hostages, made it clear that their act was a result of what they perceived to be a failure on the part of the government to provide justice for the murders of their chieftain and relatives, allegedly committed by the group of Tubay with support from Egua,” CHR said.

To effectively probe the extra-legal killings and to prevent a repeat of the incident, CHR said it is “imperative” to dig deeper into root causes of this clan war.

Among CHR’s mandates is to investigate, on its own or upon any party’s complaint, all forms of human rights violations. (PNA)



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