CHR probes shooting death of its security guard in Zamboanga

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 15 2020 10:32 PM | Updated as of Dec 15 2020 11:29 PM

MANILA (UPDATE) — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Tuesday condemned the death of its security guard in Zamboanga who was allegedly killed point blank in front of the agency’s regional office, 

The commission described the crime as “appalling.” 

In a statement, CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia said the incident proved the “pervasiveness of violence” and impunity in the country. 

“This appalling crime also has security and safety implications to the CHR as an institution considering that it happened in front of our regional office . . . This act of violence within our compound is deeply concerning,” de Guia said. 

The CHR said it has already launched an investigation. 

According to the police report obtained by ABS-CBN News, Ronilo Ramos Obenieta was shot three times to the chest by 3 unidentified assailants around 5:40 a.m. on Sunday. 

The gunmen were boarding motorcycles with full face helmets, Police Captain Yashier Sarikin, Zamboanga City Police's spokesperson, told ABS-CBN News. 

"[The Zamboanga Police is] still conducting [a] follow-up operation and thorough investigation for possible motive of the incident and arrest of suspect," the report read. 

De Guia, meanwhile, said that the killing came amid red-tagging, intimidation, and disinformation against the agency.

She called on the government to address the “continuing atrocities” happening in the country. 

“It is disheartening that violence persists amid the suffering in this period of pandemic crisis,” she said. 

The constitutional body added that it would provide “all the necessary assistance” to the guard’s wife and 3 daughters. 

— Report from Job Manahan, ABS-CBN News

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