MANILA — The Commission on Human Rights said Monday it would investigate a gun attack on 2 teachers, a married couple, in the southern province of Bukidnon earlier this week.
Zhydee Cabañalez is in critical condition after masked assailants shot her in front of her students at the Dalit Elementary School in Valencia City last Tuesday, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) earlier said. Her husband Ramil escaped the attack unscathed.
The rights commission "will coordinate closely with ACT in conducting an independent investigation of the case, while we continue to demand the government to secure full protection of the rights and welfare of education workers and other progressive professional organisations," said CHR Spokesperson Atty. Jacqueline Ann de Guia.
The attack against the Cabañalez couple, both activist members of ACT, is a "concerning situation," she said.
"In connection to this, it is equally alarming that there are several reported cases of killing, threats and harassment against other professional organisations such as lawyers and journalists in Bukidnon and other provinces in Mindanao," De Guia said.
Policemen investigators have yet to look into the issue, she added, citing information from teachers and students of Dalit Elementary School.
“With the assailant and its motive still unknown, we urge our police to ensure that justice will be served for this attempted murder of the educator couple and to secure that no similar violence will happen again in schools,” said De Guia.
With a report from Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News