“RHRC Condemns the Death Threat and Illegal Arrest of its Personnel Committed by P/Supt. Rey Dante Soledad”
16 December 2013
The Regional Human Rights Commission (RHRC) condemns the act of P/SUPT. REY DANTE SOLEDAD in directly threatening the lives of RHRC’s two human rights investigators and three support staff on December 13, 2013 at San Ramon Penal Farm, Zamboanga City.
Threatening their lives directly by saying “Buti pa kami na ang unang papatay sa inyo” is not acceptable. We further deplore his subsequent act of illegally arresting them at a time when they were performing their official mandate in rendering free legal service to the minors and internally displaced persons who were illegally seized and unlawfully detained as an aftermath of the Zamboanga Siege.
P/Supt. Soledad unlawfully committed these acts despite the fact that it was made clear to him that RHRC is rendering legal aid to detained minors and IDPs who are all residents of ARMM. This is authorized under Republic Act 9054 as implemented by Sec. 11 (d) of MMA Act 288, which mandates the RHRC to “provide legal aid services to the underprivileged residents of the Autonomous Region whose human rights have been violated or need protection.” The RHRC is aware that it has no jurisdiction in Zamboanga City to investigate human rights violations.
RHRC Statement on the Death Threat and Illegal Arrest Committed by P P/SUPT Rey Dante Soledad, PNP IX-Regional Public Safety Battalion, against RHRC’s Human Rights Investigators and Support Staff
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