CHR investigates 'unlawful arrests' in Brgy. Commonwealth

Jervis Manahan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 20 2019 10:13 PM

MANILA - The Commission on Human Rights said Wednesday it is investigating reports of unlawful arrests and arbitrary detention in Barangay Commonwealth, Quezon City.

CHR Spokesperson Jacqueline De Guia said they have deployed a quick response team to check on the possible violations of officials and tanods or village watchmen.

"Mariing tinutuligsa ng Commission on Human Rights ang mga alegasyon ng unlawful arrest at arbitrary detention kung saan sangkot di-umano ang ilang mga tanod at tauhan sa Brgy. Commonwealth, Quezon City", De Guia said in a statement.

(The Commission on Human Rights strongly condemns the allegations of unlawful arrest and arbitrary detention by watchmen in Brgy. Commonwealth, Quezon City.)

Past midnight on Tuesday, operatives from the Quezon City Police District Station 6 arrested two watchmen of Barangay Commonwealth for arresting a woman in Commonwealth Market and asking her to pay P50,000 in exchange for her freedom.

Police also found out that barangay officials have detained some violators of city ordinances for as long as three weeks.

Police said ordinance violators should not be held for more than eight hours.

Female violators stayed on the same cell with male violators, and two minors were also detained with them.

Some of them had bruises and wounds after allegedly being beaten by barangay officials.

The Commission said that while ordinance violators should be sanctioned, law enforcers should not abuse their power. 

Most of the detainees have already been processed and freed by policemen.

The two watchmen accused of extortion remain in police custody.