Philippines: Conchita Bajao: victim of police brutality?
On 23 September 1994, Conchita Bajao, a 50-year-old mother of seven, died of injuries she suffered following her arrest in Cotabato City, Mindanao. AI is concerned about the failure of the Philippines authorities to conduct a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding her death. Conchita Bajao was a sales manager for an insurance company. She was arrested without a warrant on 18 September 1994, allegedly on suspicion of collecting money for an illegal lottery. Police officers reportedly forced her into a car and allegedly assaulted her; they also took her bag, containing money and jewellery. These have not been returned to her family. Conchita Bajao fell or was pushed from the speeding car and was then taken by the police to Cotabato Hospital. She died five days later without regaining consciousness.