Crisanto Amoranto was on his way to work in Cebu City when he witnessed an unidentified woman being robbed by Rolando Ybañez. Instead of standing by and doing nothing, or taking out his phone to take a video or picture of what was going on, he and a tanod intervened to stop the criminal act. After the incident 34-year-old Rolando Ybañez somehow escaped and ran home to grab his gun. He returned and shot Crisanto Amoranto, a fast food restaurant employee, in the head; ending his life instantly.

According to, the acting police precinct chief in Parian, Senior Inspector Dexter Barsigo, said that Ybañez willingly surrendered to officials in Barangay Barsigo hours after the fatal incident.

After taking Ybañez into police custody for detention at the precinct he admitted that he attempted to rob a woman before Amoranto, who resided in Sitio Laray, Barangay Carreta, Cebu City, tried to stop him with the help of a tanod. He also admitted to running home grabbing his gun, returning to the scene and shooting Amoranto in the head.
Rolando Ybañez is currently in police custody at the Parian police precinct while police ready charges for his crimes. According to his confession he will most probably be charged with the following crimes according to the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines:

1. Title 8, Chapter 1, Article 248: Murder. His admission to going home to fetch the gun to end the victim’s life is qualified premeditation as prescribed by paragraph 5 of article 248.
2. Title 8, Chapter 1, Article 254: Discharge of Firearms. Since he used a gun to commit the crime this will constitute frustrated murder.

3. Title 10, Chapter 1, Robbery In General. Ybañez attempted to rob a woman by his own admission.

Even with the suspect behind bars, one netizen still cries out for justice for the slain fast food worker. Penones Maglahus Roman is seeking justice from the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).

While Crisanto Amoranto’s deprivation of his right to live (as per the constitution) is tragic, especially since he was only trying to help a fellow person in need, the CHR does not have jurisdiction in his case.

Although the CHR has the following in its charter according to EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 163, Section 3:

The Commission on Human Rights shall have the following powers and functions:
Investigate, on its owner on complaint by any party all forms of human rights violations involving civil and political rights

Provide appropriate legal measures for the protection of human rights of all persons within the Philippines, as well as Filipinos residing abroad and provide for preventive measures and legal aid services to the under-privileged whose human rights have been violated or need protection

They are not responsible for prosecuting Rolando Ybañez, that is the role of the Department of Justice. The role of the CHR is to prevent the Filipino people (and those within its borders) as a whole from being subjected to laws and actions by states or groups from human rights violations that are against their civil liberties, not for prosecuting petty criminals. Furthermore, the CHR is actually there to assure that petty criminals’ rights are also maintained by assuring they receive proper council and are tried under the justice system and not subjected to vigilante law.
Our prayers go out to Christiano Amoranto’s family and friends, they should be proud to have known such a stand up human being who would not stand aside and watch injustice unfold.