Aquino administration’s human rights policy: Big in words, too little in action
By Ronalyn V. Olea, Bulatlat.com
January 3, 2013
Aquino signed in November Administrative Order No. 35, creating a nine-member “Inter-agency committee on Extra-Legal Killings, Enforced Disappearances, Torture and Other Grave Violations of the Right to Life, Liberty and Security of Persons.” The so-called super body is mandated to investigate old and new cases of human rights abuses “with greater priority” to those committed under the past administration of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
The super body is headed by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. Members include the chairman of the Presidential Human Rights Committee (PHRC), the secretaries of the interior and local government and national defense, the presidential adviser on the peace process, the presidential adviser for political affairs, the chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the director general of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the director of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
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