From the Daily Tribune (Dec 3): CPP slams inclusion of AFP, PNP chiefs in HR superbody
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has branded President Aquino’s creation of a “human-rights super body” as a publicity stunt to hide the continued trampling of human rights by government agents with impunity. In a statement, the CPP said that the formation of the Inter-Agency Committee (IAC) was a desperate attempt to shore up Aquino’s faltering popularity both locally and internationally due to continuing grave abuses of human rights. “As if to insult the victims of human-rights abuses, Aquino appointed the heads of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) as members of the IAC,” said the CPP.
Last Thursday, Aquino announced the issuance of Administrative Order 35 which forms the IAC to handle cases of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture and other forms of human-rights abuses. The IAC is supposed to prioritize abuses committed under the previous regime. “This single act alone show clearly that this IAC will go nowhere in terms of resolving the outstanding cases of human-rights violations carried out by military and police agents in line with the present and past reactionary regime’s policies of all-out war of suppression,” the CPP said. “Aquino’s brutal Oplan Bayanihan war of suppression has reduced respect for human rights into empty rhetoric,” it added. The CPP noted that for three years now, the Aquino regime has been promising to uphold human rights but has failed to deliver.....