By Czarina Nicole Ong Ki
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has condemned the “inhumane” attack of the terrorist Abu Sayyaf group against Filipino soldiers in Patikul, Sulu last April 17, which claimed the lives of 11 Philippine Army soldiers and injured 14 others.
CHR Spokesperson Atty Jacqueline Ann de Guia lamented the fact that three of the soldiers were even brutally hacked, and she considered this act as “a blatant assault against human dignity.”
“It is most unfortunate that our soldiers’ lives are the cost of securing peace in our communities,” she said.
The attack was committed despite the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) amidst the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
“We offer our prayers and sympathies to the families of our fallen soldiers. And in honor of the sacrifices of our heroes, we call on the government to ensure assistance to the bereaved families,” said De Guia.