CHR to probe death of man in Zambo police custody

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Posted at Oct 08 2017 11:24 AM | Updated as of Oct 08 2017 11:46 AM

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The Commission on Human Rights promised Sunday to investigate the death of a man who supposedly harmed himself while in police custody in Zamboanga City.

Eduardo Serino fatally hit his head against the wall and slapped his own face, said Senior Supt. Neri Vincent Ignacio, acting director of Zamboanga City police. A detainee also claimed Serino went wild and tried to pull a live wire in the detention area.

Contusions however were seen in different parts of Serino's body, his common-law wife Felina Bana-ag told ABS-CBN News.

"Out of the ordinary na mamatay si Serino sa kustodiya ng pulis. Therefore, the Commission on Human Rights, as part of our mandate, will have to look into such kind of incident," CHR commissioner Gwen Pimentel-Gana said in a DZMM interview.

"Dapat malaman natin kung ang kanyang pagkamatay was done without due process of law."

(It is out of the ordinary that Serino died while in police custody. Therefore, the Commission on Human Rights, as part of our mandate, will have to look into such kind of incident. We should find out whether his death was done without due process of law.)

Serino was arrested after he refused to turn over his backpack to policemen manning RT Boulevard Cawa Cawa during the Hermosa Festival celebration last September 30.

A Facebook post by a certain Rosherl Taburnal Lumpapac showed a bruised and handcuffed Serino being pushed to the ground by 4 cops.

Serino was looking for money for his son's medical expenses before his arrest, his family said.

DZMM, 8 October 2017