With just 11 days in between, another rape-slay of a minor was reported in Santiago City, Isabela. The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) condemned the incident as it vowed to pursue its own investigation.
The body of a 10-year-old girl was found along Mabiret River, Purok 4, Balluarte, in Santiago City last May 25 and the victim was believed to have been sexually abused.
“It is concerning that barely a week has passed since CHR has taken cognizance and investigated a similar incident in Batangas,” CHR Executive Director Jacqueline Ann de Guia said in a statement.
“We strongly condemn this heinous crime and all other acts of violence towards children,” De Guia stressed.
Last May 17, the CHR announced its own probe into the rape-slay of a five-year-old girl in Barangay Wawa, Batangas City last May 14.
“CHR strongly condemns all acts of violence against children and will work with local law enforcement officials in the conduct of its parallel investigation,” De Guia then said.
While the CHR welcomed the quick action by the Batangas City Police in apprehending the suspect in what it lambasted as a “heinous” crime, De Guia said that the government officials need to step up their efforts in protecting the rights of children, since they remain vulnerable to acts of violence and abuse.
In the Santiago City incident, De Guia said the act of abuse against the young and defenseless shows a “failure” to protect the most vulnerable members of society.
She, in behalf of the CHR, urged law enforcement officers and barangay community leaders to take more “proactive measures” to prevent such a crime from happening again.
“We extend our condolences to the bereaved family members and loved ones of the victim,” she added.