CHR chairman Chito Gascon dies in bout with COVID-19

CHR Chairman Chito Gascon. Image from Facebook / Miguel Gascon

MANILA, Philippines — Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairman Jose Luis Martin “Chito” Gascon has passed away fighting a bout of COVID-19.

His brother Miguel posted about the death of the CHR chairman in a Facebook post on Saturday morning.


“Sa dami mong laban, sa COVID pa tayo na talo! Love you Kuya! (In all the battles you fought, we had to lose to COVID. I love you, brother!)” said Miguel.

Sa dami mong Laban, sa covid pa tayo na talo! 😪🙏Love you Kuya! RIP Chito Gascon

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Miguel Gascon


Friday, October 8, 2021

CHR spokesperson Jacqueline De Guia also confirmed Gascon’s passing in a text message to

“Yes, he passed away,” she said.

Gascon was appointed as chairman of the CHR during the term of former President Benigno Aquino III in 2015, and whose term will expire on May 2022.


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