The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has condemned “as senseless violence” and “an affront to human rights” the killing last Aug. 11 of a Philippine Army (PA) soldier assigned to the government’s community support program (CSP) by alleged members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Tapaz, Capiz.
Army Cpl. Frederick Villasis, together with some civilians, was on his way to the Tapaz municipal hall to attend to a request for an ambulance by a remote barangay (village) when he was abducted, tortured, and shot from behind.
His civilian companions were reportedly unharmed.
Unfortunately and regrettably, Villasis’ killing coincided with the commemoration of the “International Humanitarian Law Month” this August, the CHR said.
“Such senseless violence is an affront to human rights, particularly to the sanctity of human life,” CHR Spokesperson and lawyer Jacqueline Ann de Guia said in a statement.
“We urge the government to apply the force of law in ensuring that the perpetrators are held accountable for these transgressions,” De Guia said.
As the government conducts its investigation on the killing of Villasis, the CHR will also do its own independent probe in the hopes of providing justice for victim’s family, she said.
“CHR extends its condolences to the family and friends of Corporal Villasis,” she added.
PA’s top officials have condemned the execution of Villasis.
“This cowardly attack proves once again that communist terrorist groups are human rights violators,” said Major Gen. Eric Vinoya, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division (ID).
“It was a cold-blooded murder of a gallant trooper who has been faithfully serving the people of Tapaz,” added Brig. Gen. Marion Sison, commander of the 301st Infantry Brigade (301 IBde).