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CHR slams soldier’s slay in Capiz

Janvic Mateo - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) condemned yesterday the kidnapping and killing of an Army soldier by suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Capiz on Wednesday.

Cpl. Frederick Villasis and a civilian were on a motorcycle when around 40 men blocked their path in Barangay Lahug in Tapaz.

The civilian was left unharmed, but the soldier was tortured then shot from behind while his hands were tied. His motorcycle was also said to have been set on fire.

CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia said they are conducting an investigation into the incident.

“Such senseless violence is an affront to human rights, particularly to the sanctity of human life,” she said.

De Guia called on the government to ensure that the perpetrators are held accountable.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) demanded justice for Villasis, noting that the soldier was deployed to conduct community support for peace and development in an isolated area in Barangay Lahug when he was killed.

AFP spokesman Col. Ramon Zagala said Villasis was supposed to follow up the request of villagers for a water system in Sitio Owa.

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