MANILA - The Commission on Human Rights on Tuesday urged government to "concretely address violence and impunity" by investigating the spate of deaths of local officials.
This, after Sudipen, La Union Mayor Alexander Buquing was shot dead by unidentified assailants on Monday night.
In a statement, CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia urged the administration to "act with expediency and to seriously resolve the growing culture of impunity."
"With high profile cases being unresolved, it is worrisome as to how thousands of other cases of deaths are being addressed," she said.
"Being passive in the face of persistent impunity is a violation of human rights in itself."
De Guia said the CHR in Ilocos region has dispatched a quick response team to investigate the killing.
Buquing the 17th elected official killed during the Duterte administration.