CHR to probe military ops in Marawi for possible violation of human rights
admin • October 18, 2017 • 29029
MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is now verifying complaints of human rights violation during military operations in Marawi City.
The CHR said that they have already tasked their personnel to monitor the situation from the time martial law was declared in Mindanao.
One thing they consider in battles the likes of Marawi siege is if the rules of engagement were followed.
“Para ma-ensure na yung karapatan nung mga nasa kabila ay meron ding respeto (This is to ensure that the rights of the other parties are also respected),” said CHR Policy Advisory Office OIC Atty. Gemma Parojinog.
The commission clarified they are concerned with the aspect of human rights whether they are soldiers or terrorists.
The CHR now hopes that the government will immediately rehabilitate the war-torn city.
“We are looking forward na meron nang pagtingin sa rehabilitasyon na inclusive at yung usapin ng mga IDP’s (internally displaced persons) ay mabigyan ng pansin sa tamang panahon (We look forward to efforts on rehabilitation that are inclusive and that attention will be given to issues concerning IDP’s),” said Parojinog
The commission also seeks for the lifting of martial law in Mindanao.
“Ngayon na wala nang threat (Now that there is no more threat), because the Constitution says imminent threat. In fact, the President declared that it is liberated already,” said the OIC. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — For the first time since his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Rodrigo Duterte made his public appearance to visit Jolo, Sulu.
Specifically, the President visited the sites of the twin explosions that occurred on August 24 which killed a number of soldiers.
He delivered a short speech before the troops at Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Headquarters where he vowed to give his full support to the military in fighting and eradicating terrorists activities in Mindanao.
“Bilang isang Pilipino ibibigay ko sa inyo ang lahat ng suporta na kailangan ninyo para matupad ang inyong misyon dito sa Jolo (As a Filipino, I will give you all the support you need to accomplish your mission here in Jolo),” he said.
“I commit myself to working with you my dear troops to ensure that these terrorists will have no future in this country,” he added.
During the ceremony, the President commended the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the sake of peace and order in the province.
President Duterte said that he regrets the situation in Mindanao and added that if not for the atrocities in the region, it could have attained the progress that the province has been aspiring for decades.
“For decades, Mindanao’s progress has been hindered by the threat of insurgency and extremism,” the President said.
“Kung wala lang sana itong seed of hatred na nakalagay sa isip from generation to generation, sana ngayon maganda na ang buhay para sa lahat, (If only the seeds of hatred had not been planted in the minds of people from generation to generation, quality of life [in the region]would have improved for everyone by now),” he added.
The President appeals to all government forces to continue the fight against terrorism and work hard to achieve long lasting peace in the country.
“If we cannot really agree, then we fight and we fight hard hanggang magkaubusan na (until no one is left). Maybe by that time, kung ubos na ang lahat, wala ng giyera (when everyone is gone, the war would finally end)” he said. MNP (with reports from Rosalie COZ)
The Philippine Army has withdrawn its recommendation to re-impose martial law in Sulu province after the twin blast incident in Jolo which killed 15 and injured 74 individuals.
Army Chief LtGen. Cirilito Sobejana said they respect the decision of the national leadership as well as the sentiment of the general public.
“I drop my recommendation for martial law declaration over Sulu despite the turmoil as there might be other better options,” he said in a statement.
“I always give due respect to the wisdom of our national leadership and the sentiment of the general public but I felt it appropriate to share with you that the military had displayed utmost professionalism and maturity during our martial law implementation in Sulu when I was the JTF (Joint Task Force) Sulu Commander in 2017,” he added.
Local officials have earlier expressed their opposition to the re-imposition of martial law in Sulu. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
Local officials in Sulu have expressed their opposition to the recommendation of several authorities to put the province under martial law after the twin blast incident on Monday (August 24).
Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan said martial law was already implemented before and it still had not curbed terrorism in the province. He recommended, instead, for the government to increase its efforts to implement the Anti-Terrorism Law.
“Iyong Anti-Terror Law sobra-sobra pa iyan sa martial law. Dapat intindihin muna nila ang Anti-Terror Law. Sisirain lang nila ang pangalan ng Sulu (The Anti-Terrorism Law is already too much compared to martial law. They should focus first on the Anti-Terror Law. They will just tarnish the name of Sulu),” he said.
Jolo, Sulu Mayor Kerkhar Tan said the province does not need martial law. Authorities should have a focused military operation on verified terrorist camps in order to attain peace in Sulu.
“Nag-martial law na tayo, nag-martial law ang Mindanao, mayroon ding nangyaring bombing dito sa amin (Martial law was already implemented here before, in Mindanao. There are still bombings),” the mayor said.
Local officials appeal to residents to coordinate with authorities if they encounter any suspicious activities or individuals in their area.
Meanwhile, Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the decision to implement martial law in the province will be up to President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Any decision to impose martial law will depend on the existence of a factual basis; that is, whether or not there is actual rebellion or invasion, and whether or not public safety requires the imposition of martial law,” he said. “Only the president has the necessary information to make this determination.”
Malacañang previously said the President is considering the recommendation of the Philippine Army to put Sulu under martial law after the recent twin blasts in Jolo. -AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)
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