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CHR calls for justice over Camilon’s disappearance

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The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Tuesday called for justice and prompt

resolution of the disappearance of beauty queen Catherine Camilon.

The CHR issued the called following the dismissal from service from the police service of the principal suspect in the case, Maj. Allan de Castro.

“We acknowledge the progress of this case as it serves as a reminder of the government’s proactive commitment to the pursuit of justice and accountability, particularly in this case. We also recognize the PNP’s (Philippine National Police) efforts to take concrete steps to conduct an effective and impartial investigation of this case,” the CHR said.

“We are one with the government and all relevant stakeholders to unveil Ms. Camilon’s whereabouts and ensure that justice prevails,” it added.

Camilon went missing and was last seen on Oct. 12, 2023 in Lemery, Batangas.

Authorities considered her disappearance as a kidnapping case since witnesses reported having seen her bloody, unconscious body being removed from her car and transferred to another vehicle.

PNP chief General Benjamin Acorda Jr. said De Castro was released from their custody following his dismissal from the service.

Despite De Castro’s release, Acorda said they would continue to monitor the suspect’s whereabouts so they could easily pick him up in case a warrant was issued for his arrest.

“In light of the ongoing investigation, it is critical that we remind PNP members to uphold the mantra ‘To Serve and Protect.’ This reminder is intended to reinforce the public’s trust in the PNP and its mission to serve the community while upholding the highest ethical standards and respect for human rights,” the CHR said.

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