By Czarina Nicole Ong Ki
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has condemned the killing of two policemen and the wounding of two others in Parang police station, Sulu Province, over the weekend.
CHR Spokesperson Atty. Jacqueline Ann de Guia said that the unprovoked attack on the police station took place on June 13, and was perpetrated by two unidentified men.
Police Corporal Mudar Salamat and Patrolman Arjun Putalan died because of the attack while Police Master Sergeant Hamid Saribbon and Senior Master Sergeant Harold Nieva sustained injuries.
“CHR condemns this attack on the right to life,” said de Guia. “Vigilante violence and killings contribute to the growing culture of impunity in the Philippines. No individuals should ever be subject to cruel or inhumane treatment that leads to injury or death.”
De Guia added that vigilante violence is harmful to national development and peace and it is disheartening to know that these acts still continue in the midst of a global health pandemic.
“The right to liberty, the ability to act without prior restraint, is not an absolute right and must not be abused to commit acts contrary to the rule of law,” she said. “Rights and duties are inseparable. The very enjoyment of right imposes the observance of careful action and duty. Thus, every right involves a corresponding responsibility to others and society.”
The Commission sends its condolences and prayers to the bereaved families and loved ones of the policemen who lost their lives because of the attack and wishes for the swift recovery of the two wounded policemen.
At the same time, the CHR, through its office in Region IX, is going to investigate the case to ensure that justice will be served.