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Familiar Monster Became CHR Chair Chito Gascon’s Cause of Death

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Official sources sadly announced the fatal epidemic finally became Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairman Chito Gascon’s cause of death soon after he passed away on Saturday (October 9, 2021) at the young age of 57. May he rest in paradise.

The heartbreaking news has been confirmed by his brother, Miguel Gascon, in a statement released on Saturday, writing, “a dami mong laban, sa COVID pa tayo na talo! Love you, Kuya! (In all the battles you fought, we had to lose you to COVID. I love you, brother!).”

CHR spokesperson Jacqueline De Guia additionally came to confirm Gascon’s death in a text message, saying, “Yes, he passed away.” The tragedy occurred while The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, which Gordon chairs, is still reviewing the government’s alleged ill-usage of pandemic funds.

Thank you for standing by our side, Chair. Chito Gascon. Heaven is celebrating right now with you.

Gascon was a lawyer named as chairman of the CHR throughout the term of ex-President Benigno Aquino III in 2015 and whose term was deemed to expire on May 5, 2022.

Before it, he was a bold member of the Human Rights Victims Claims Board, a quasi-judicial body formed in 2013 during Republic Act 10368, which attempts to process the reparation of victims of human rights abuses throughout the martial law under the administration of ex-President Ferdinand Marcos.

He fought the Marcos dictatorship as a student leader and activist.


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COVID Announced as Chito Gascon’s Cause of Death, People Reacted

Celebrities’ death news always breaks many hearts; however, fans kindly remember memories, and their idols are alive in their hearts even after death.

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Soon after the heartbreaking news was released, many of Gascon’s friends and fans expressed their sadness on social media by posting their tributes:

Someone wrote, “Truly honored to have met him during my @ukinphilippines days and undoubtedly one of the @CheveningFCDO‘s best PH alumni. Rest in Power, Chito Gascon.”

Another said, “Have seen Mr. Chair Chito Gascon only from afar during my short stint of internship at the Commission of Human Rights (CHR) last year. Never the chance to meet & greet him in person. Rest in power. We’ll continue the unwavering fight for democracy, human rights & the rule of law.”

the fatal epidemic finally became Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairman Chito Gascon's cause of death
The chairman of the Commission on Human Rights, lawyer, and activist Jose Luis Martin “Chito” Gascon died early this Saturday morning (October  9) due to Covid-19 complications.

A fan announced, “I was a freshman in UP when Chito Gascon (Nagkaisang Tugon) and Kiko Pangilinan (Samasa) were vying for SC Chairmanship…the level of intellectual discourse was over the top…a good start for me. Thank you, Sirs.”

Another tweeted, “The AFP extends its sincerest condolences to the family of CHR Chair Chito Gascon. His tireless work further pushed the AFP to advocate and abide by the principles of human rights and International Humanitarian Law. We pray for strength for his loved ones in these difficult times.”

Gascon was survived by his wife and minor daughter.


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Sonny Matula published a statement, announcing that he had remembered Gascon since he was a student leader and that the latter walked with the group in many gatherings and pickets.

“Godspeed Chito Gascon to the great beyond!” Matula’s statement read, adding that “We thank him for his valuable contribution to the struggle for justice and the full realization of basic human rights. At a time of escalating state terror, Chito’s voice will surely be missed.”

Bayan Secretary-General Renato Reyes stated they are mourning with the human rights community.

“We pay tribute to his work in the CHR, which included supporting the cause of thousands of human rights victims of the Duterte regime, providing a safe space and sanctuary for human rights defenders, and amplifying the call for accountability over the reign of terror and impunity under this regime,” Reyes continued.

the fatal epidemic finally became Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairman Chito Gascon's cause of death
Image source: Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

Besides serving as a member of the Human Rights Victims Claims Board, Gascon worked as the youngest member of both the Constitutional Commission that selected the 1987 Constitution and the 8th Philippine Congress through the term of President Corazon Aquino.

Graduating from the University of the Philippines with an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, he later received a Bachelor of Laws from the same university. Chito had a Master of Law degree in International Law from Cambridge University


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