Friday, April 19, 2013

AFP signs IAC guidelines

From the Philippine News Agency (Apr 19): AFP signs IAC guidelines

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), along with other members of the Inter-Agency Committee (IAC) on Extra-Legal Killings, Enforced Disappearances, Torture, and Other Grave Violations of the Right to Life, Liberty and Security of Persons, approved its operational guidelines Thursday.

The ground rules were approved during the 3rd meeting at AFP general headquarters in Camp Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo.

The guidelines contain the definitions and elements of extra legal cases and the various teams that shall conduct investigation, oversight, and monitoring of cases.

Present in the signing are IAC chairperson and Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila De Lima; committee members Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Teresita Quintos Deles, AFP Chief of Staff General Emmanuel T Bautista, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Nonnatus Caesar Rojas, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Rafael Antonio Santos, and Secretary Teresita Quintos Deles of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process; and IAC observer and Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairperson Etta Rosales.

The IAC was created by virtue of Administrative Order Number 35 signed in November last year by President and AFP Commander in Chief Benigno S. Aquino III.

Another highlight of the meeting is the presentation of the list of priority cases by the technical working group.

The list is still subject for adoption by the committee.

The AFP also committed in undertaking major steps in pursuit of peace and sustainable development with strict adherence to the Rule of Law, Human Rights, and International Humanitarian Law.

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