/ 14 November 2021

THE COMMISSION on Human Rights will be conducting a separate investigation on the rape and killing of a 15-year-old girl, whose body was found in Barangay Sta. Maria in Santo Tomas, Batangas last November 8.

“CHR extends its condolences to the family and loved ones of the 15-year old child,” CHR spokesperson Jacqueline Ann de Guia said in a statement.

“CHR will also be doing its own independent investigation to aid in seeking truth and justice for this violation of a child’s right and dignity,” she added.

Based on police reports, the victim went to a classmate’s house to work together on a module but failed to return home that same night.

The minor was later found dead and naked, with her clothes placed on her head. The school module was also beside her.

A lone witness claimed to have seen the teenager together with a barangay tanod, who was arrested on November 9. However, the suspect denied any involvement in the crime.

De Guia reminded the government that children are entitled to utmost care and protection as one of the vulnerable sectors in our population.

“At the same time, protecting the rights of the children remains to be a shared, collective goal regardless of position, power, and filiation,” she said.

Meanwhile, the CHR welcomed the commitment of the Philippine National Police in the ongoing probe on the minor’s death.