Women groups rise, justice for victims of violence!


BAGUIO CITY — On February 13, just before Valentine’s Day, a decomposing body of a woman was found in Camp 8 along Kennon Road, here prompting Mila Singson, chairperson of Innabuyog-Gabriela to again sound the alarm over continuing impunity on cases of violence against women as she called for fast delivery of justice for the victim.

Police Senior Superintendent Ronaldo Benito of Baguio City’s Station 8 said relatives identified the victim to be Jocelyn Ancheta, a native of San Jose, Nueva Ecija and a resident of the Upper Market area. He said the victim is a rice cake vendor along Bonifacio Street.

Benito said concerned residents of Camp 8 reported about Ancheta’s body to the police officers in the afternoon of February 13. He said initial investigations showed that Ancheta’s face and private parts were already in slight stages of decomposition. He added that there were visible wounds on her head which might have caused her death.

Benito said the victim was said to be partially naked, triggering suspicions of rape. He said they are still waiting for the findings of the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) team.

Singson, who spoke during Baguio’s staging of the One Billion Rising (OBR) campaign against violence against women last February 14, said Ancheta’s case like many other cases cries for justice as she calls for its swift investigation.

Singson said this second staging of OBR focuses on calling for justice for all victims of violence against women and children all over the world. “Last year our theme was Strike, Dance Rise, this year it is Rise Release Dance, we have already risen so it is time to fight for justice,” she stressed.

Gabriela has logged a steady increase in crimes against women and children the past months including the rape and robbery of two teachers in Apayao, January 30.

Singson said this year’s OBR also encourages women victims and their loved ones to speak up and demand for justice. “It is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories, and fight for justice,” she reiterated.

In 2013, women, men and children here joined one billion people all over the world who rose and danced to demand an end to violence against women and children. # nordis.net


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