Eleazar says CHR Chair Gascon voice of constructive criticisms vs PNP

Published October 10, 2021, 9:04 AM

by Aaron Recuenco 

The Philippine National Police (PNP) hailed the contributions of Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairperson Jose Luis Martin “Chito” Gascon in improving the human rights-based law enforcement amid allegations of human rights abuses and extra-judicial killings that have been hounding the police organization in the aggressive campaign against illegal drugs in the last five years.

Gascon died of complications of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Saturday as confirmed by his brother in a social media post.

In a statement, PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar said Gascon earned the respect of the PNP leadership for its firm stand in upholding the rights of all Filipinos.

“The CHR, under the helm of Chairman Gascon, has been both a voice of constructive criticisms and a partner of the PNP in protecting and upholding the rights of all Filipinos,” said Eleazar.

“We have always valued his insights on human rights-based law enforcement and he has earned our highest respect as a staunch guardian of human rights,” he added.

The PNP has been working closely with the CHR over the years, a good working relationship that was affected when President Duterte himself and his staunch allies in the government started attacking the commission for its stand against the bloody drug war that resulted in the deaths of thousands of people, including children who died as collateral damage in police operations.

The good working relationship, which was further established with the creation of the PNP’s Human Rights Affairs Office (HRAO) in 2007, when even some policemen have started attacking the CHR in their social media posts by sharing memes and posts from pro-Duterte groups.

After his assumption as Chief PNP, Eleazar met with CHR officials to discuss issues that have been affecting the two agencies.

“In behalf of the men and women of the Philippine National Police, I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family of Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Jose Luis Martin “Chito” Gascon. May he rest in peace knowing that his leadership has made a difference,” said Eleazar.