CHR to probe death of 2 women in Basilan

RJ Rosalado, ABS-CBN News Zamboanga

Posted at Feb 23 2016 11:34 PM

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) will investigate the death of two women in a law enforcement operation in Lamitan, Basilan. RJ Rosalado, ABS-CBN News Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA - The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) will investigate the death of two women during a law enforcement operation by police and soldiers in the village of Bohe Ibho, Lamitan, Basilan Tuesday. 

CHR Director for Western Mindanao, Atty. Frederick Ian Capin, said they will ask for a post-operation report from the police.

Investigators will also gather information and testimonies from injured victims and relatives of the two fatalities.

The village chairman of Bohe Ibho, Maklimar Mamang, identified the two victims as Amparing Acalul and Acanang Odjong.

Odjong's husband and their two children were also wounded during an alleged shoot-out.

According to Mamang, Odjong and her family were sleeping when they suddenly heard rapid gunfire just outside their home.

The rest of the family went out of their house, but Odjong sustained a gunshot wound. 

Mamang said the police and military mistakenly targeted Odjong's residence.

Lamitan Municipal Police Station chief Senior Inspector Gean Gallardo said their operation was geared towards a group of armed men. 

He identified one of their targets as Hassan Lahaman, who has a standing arrest warrant for murder.

Police said Lahaman is involved in a family feud in Lamitan.

Gallardo also denied allegations that they targeted Odjong's house during the operation. He said the victims were caught in a crossfire.

Gallardo said he is willing to face an investigation.

Capin will send a team of investigators to Lamitan to start gathering information and testimonies from both sides.