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President Aquino says government addressing human rights
 

(BRUSSELS, Belgium) President Benigno S. Aquino III on Tuesday assured the international community that the Philippine government is addressing human rights complaints and is ready to apply the full force of the law against those who are found guilty of abuses and extra-judicial killings.

President Aquino told the Egmont Institute where he delivered a policy speech that his administration has taken steps to uphold human rights in the country and bring to the bar of justice the culprits.

“We have instituted a task force whose primary mission is to take cognizance of all of these extrajudicial killings or alleged extrajudicial killings with the end in view of arresting every culprit regardless of whether it was a media individual, an activist, or any other individual,” the President said.

“Bottom line is, you commit a crime in our country, there has to be certainty of punishment and that is the focus,” he added, when asked about the state of human rights in the Philippines during the forum.

The President also stressed that it is not in the policy of the Aquino administration to encourage any transgressions of the law. “And towards that end, we have been investigating all of these allegations,” he said.

One of these is the case of retired Major General Jovito Palparan, who was arrested on August 12 in Sta. Mesa, Manila, by the authorities after almost three years in hiding, he said. He is facing charges for the disappearance of two students of the University of the Philippines in 2006. PND (co) (full story - 09.18.14)


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