(PR)CHR to probe death of Ozamis gang leader

July 19, 2013 11:40 am 

MANILA, July 18 — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) will conduct a probe into the death of Ricardo Cadavero, the alleged leader of Ozamis robbery group.

CHR Chair Loretta Ann Rosales had sent a condolence letter to Cadavero's mother and vowed to conduct a probe on the matter.

"The CHR will conduct its own investigation on the killing of Ricardo Cadavero, one that is independent from the investigation of the police,” she said in the letter.

She reiterated that the “CHR will always be on the side of persons whose human rights were violated and no one can prevent the Commission from seeking justice for these individuals.”

Cadavero, 36, alias “Kambal” was killed on Monday afternoon, hours after he and henchman Wilfredo Panoglinga, Jr. Alias “Kulot” were being brought for inquest to the Cavite Provincial Prosecutor’s Office.

Reports stated that the two 'Ozamis' leaders were allegedly shot by their police escorts after their fellow gang members attempted to rescue them.

Rosales also sent a reminder to uniformed men, saying, “Our laws do not recognize capital punishment."

The former lawmaker also recommended for the continuous human rights education and training of law enforcers.

She pointed out that no matter how strong the evidence may look against an accused, he or she still deserves the right to due process, fair trial and legal remedy.

“Alleged criminals ought to be spared from the punishment of death. If found guilty they must be jailed, not killed,” she said. (PNA)

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