COMMISSION on Human Rights (CHR) Negros Occidental Head Romeo Baldevarona said Tuesday that the death of Bacolod City resident Berlyn Evangelista may fall under extra-judicial killing.
Baldevarona added that the CHR could also conduct a motu proprio investigation.
It is within CHR’s power to come up with an investigation report if there is no walk-in complainant in incidents considered extra-judicial killings and other celebrated cases involving police and military officers.
Evangelista, 21, of Barangay Banago was believed to have been “salvaged” after his body was found in a sugarcane field in Barangay Sta. Rosa, Murcia town on June 7.
The victim, whose body bore gunshot and stab wounds, was allegedly arrested by the police after he was found possessing four sachets of suspected shabu.
Baldevarona said they have not received a formal complaint from Evangelista’s family regarding his death, but they will still conduct an investigation.
“The CHR will investigate the case because it came out in news reports that some members of the Philippine National Police are allegedly involved. There are also reports that the case involves illegal drugs. We need to validate all the information,” Baldevarona pointed out.
The CHR has already identified some possible witnesses to put up a strong case especially against a group related to illegal drug trade in connivance with the police, he added.