[In the news] ‘No evidence of 84 HR violations during Aquino admin’ -ABS-CBNnews.com

‘No evidence of 84 HR violations during Aquino admin’

May 13, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – There is no evidence to substantiate 84 alleged human-rights violations (HRV) in the hands of government soldiers starting when President Benigno Aquino III took office, a military spokesman said.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman Col. Arnulfo Burgos said the military’s Human Rights Office (HRO) created a Board of Inquiry to look into the 84 complaints received earlier by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).

Not one has been substantiated so far, but the board is still investigating all 84 cases, he said.

“To address these circumstances, the AFP-HRO created a Board of Inquiry which was also replicated down to the battalion levels to conduct investigations that would validate the reports of the CHR,” said Burgos.

“The findings of the [board] revealed that all of the referred HRV cases tagging military personnel were only accusations and did not produce sufficient evidence against AFP soldiers,” added Burgos, citing the initial result of the probe.

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