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Super body formed to probe extrajudicial killings

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Department of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. JOSEPH VIDAL/PRIB FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino has created a super body that will investigate old and new cases of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture and other grave human rights violations, with “greater priority” to be given to those committed under the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Monday released to reporters Administrative Order No. 35 creating this body, which she said the President signed on Nov. 22, the eve of the third anniversary of the infamous massacre of 58 people allegedly by members of the Ampatuan clan and their followers in Maguindanao in 2009.

Under the AO, the President created a nine-member “Inter-agency committee on Extra-Legal Killings, Enforced Disappearances, Torture and Other Grave Violations of the Right to Life, Liberty and Security of Persons.”

No room for political violence

 

“The present administration declares as a matter of paramount policy that there is no room for

all these forms of political violence and abuses of power by agents or elements of the state or nonstate forces,” the six-page order reads, noting that the committee aims to resolve unresolved cases.

Headed by the secretary of justice, the members of the committee include the chairman of

the Presidential Human Rights Committee, the secretaries of the interior and local government and national defense, the presidential adviser on the peace process, the presidential adviser for political affairs, the chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the director general of the Philippine National Police and the director of the National Bureau of Investigation.

Serving as observers and resource persons to the committee are the chairman of the Commission on Human Rights and the Ombudsman.

The committee is tasked to conduct an inventory of unsolved cases as well as those under investigation, under preliminary investigation and under trial in its first 30 days.

After the inventory, the committee will assign special teams to investigate the cases “for the possible identification of the perpetrators.” The order says priority will be given to “high profile” cases that were perpetrated under the Arroyo administration.

A special oversight team will monitor developments in cases under investigation, preliminary investigation and under trial.

A special team of investigators and prosecutors will also be created to look into “new cases.”

Committee updates

 

The committee is expected to submit a report to the President “after six months from its creation and every six months thereafter.”

The AO supersedes AO 211, dated Nov. 26, 2007, which created the Task Force on Political

Violence tasked to undertake the prevention, investigation, prosecution and punishment of political violence.

Former President Arroyo had armed the task force with the powers and funding to stem the tide of killings of leftist activists and all other cases related to “political violence.”

The task force initially handled the high-profile murders of the following: Basilan Rep. Wahab Akbar on Nov. 13, 2007; Vice Mayor Zaldy Raga of Lumban, Laguna, on Oct. 4, 2007; former Mayor Rogelio Illustrisimo of Bantayan Island on May 2, 2007; Kalinga Vice Gov. Rommel Diasen on April 7, 2007; and Abra Rep. Luis Bersamin on Dec. 16, 2006.


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  • batangsulpok

    Kahit isang libong super body ang gawin ay wala rin mangyayari dahil di maalis sa atin ang palakasan, lalo na at mayayaman at may puwesto sa gobyerno.  Halimbawa na lang ay pagkamatay ng asawa ng isang U.S. diplomat na ipinakita sa TV, ang mga suspects ay ayaw banggitin ang mga pangalan, pati mga mukha ay may takip dahil siguradong anak ng mayayaman sila o may kamag-anak na may puwesto sa gobyerno pero kung ordinaryong Pilipino, baka may mga bukol o pasa sa katawan pa o di kaya ay sasabihin nang-agaw ng baril ng police escort kahit naka-posas, timbog kaagad.

    • simondj

      yeah correct,,, because the problem is,,, problem of the heart. super body nga, eh super senior sa corruption naman,,, wala din

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

     Hindi niyo pa nahuhuli yung hari ng mga leptospirosis na si palparan puro papogi na naman kayo! paano mahuhuli, malulutas at masusugpo ang extrajudicial killings eh ang mga sangkot ang inaasahan mo manghuhuli! linisin mo ang mga berdugo sa hanay nila, panagutin at ipataw ang pinakamabigat na parusa…..pero kung puro salita lang at hindi sinasamahan ng gawa tulad ng paghuli sa hari ng leptospirosis, patuloy yung iba na gagawa ng ganito klase pang-aabuso!

    • http://twitter.com/gemaramil Karlos Aramil

      Sang-ayon ako!

  • simonibarra27

    Superbody? How about simple and right frame of mind! Si Delima puro daldal lang yan! ang utak nyan nakatutok sa higher position hindi sa justice!

    • ddano

       Yeah, Super body  with a lot of Common Sense !

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      Impeachable ba ang ginagawa niya?  Bakit hindi mo itanong sa taongbayan para magawan ng peoplepower kung sa palagay mo may mali?

  • zeroko

    If we stop electing Filipino-Chinese in our government, I’m sure, extrajudicial killings will stop. These high officials are the ones responsible for this dastardly act.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      Bakit hindi mo subukang i-submit ang proposal mo sa lawmaking body natin o sa kongreso kung sa palagay mo may pinagbabatayan ang palagay mong iyan?

  • kismaytami

    Gastos na naman ito mula sa bulsa ni Juan Dela Cruz. Yun lang katulad nang mga nauna, pampatagal lang ng proseso para makakuha ng hustisya ang pamilya ng mga biktima.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TV7UX6Z5F4W3QJNODUMA6UTB2U Pinoydin

    May maraming nangyaring masacre nung panahon ni Cory Aquino at Marcos, bakit kaya hindi isama din ito?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      Suggestion lang, basahin mo uli, kaibigan…makikita mong priority lang ang ibinibigay sa mga kaso sa nakaraang administrasyon…ibig sabihin titingnan din ang iba.

      Sa kaso tungkol sa panahon ni Cory at Marcos, siguro mas maayos na itanong din sa mga nakaraang administrasyon…say, sa panahon ni GMA, she had 9 years, nariyan pa siya or thru her spokespeople, you can ask them what they did sa mga massacres during the time of Cory and Marcos.  Siguro naman kung may ginawa ang mga nakaraang rehimen, hindi na aabot sa administrasyon ngayon ang mga kasong iyan. Common sense, diba? Kung iyan ang pagtutuunan ng priority ni PNoy, mas lalabas na pinipersonal niya.

      • Palku Kha

        sa post mo,sinisisi mo na naman ang nakaraang administrasyon.mahilig kayong manisi kung pumalpak kayo.ang gusto ng taong bayan na mahinto na ang extra judicial killing at mabigyan ng hustisya ang mga biktima at lalo na ang biktima ng masaker.bakit hanggang ngayon tuloy pa rin ang patayan at di pa nabigyan ng hustisya ang mga biktima?ibig sabihin walang nagawang hakbang ang gobyerno.namimersonal siya eh,ang pinagtutuunan nya na kaso kay Arroyo at Corona lang. Common sense,di ba?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/DFW5PTIGTXNRUX44FLV6LI5USM Bantay

        kaya nga hanggang ngayon di pa nabigyan ng hustisya ang mga biktima ng masaker kasi ang pinagtutuunan nya ang kaso ni Arroyo at Corona namimersonal siya eh! common sense,di ba?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    There is a saying that goes.. If you want to achieve nothing, form a committee.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S3VH6NZQVWHAY4ML2PLBV7JRHE Michael

    wa ha ha ha…..wala rin mangyayari dito……magagamit ang mga ampatuan sa nalalapit na eleksyon……kung seryoso pa talaga, eh, matagal na na-convicted na….

    • http://twitter.com/gemaramil Karlos Aramil

      Meron naman. At the least, magmemeeting sila sa DOJ o sa Camp Crame, tapos magiisyu ng press release.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DFW5PTIGTXNRUX44FLV6LI5USM Bantay

    yan na naman.gumagawa na naman ng Super body to probe daw.bakit ngayon lang.pakitang gilas na naman dahil mag eleksyon na naman.hayyyyy! ano ba yan puro drama!!!!

  • cogito728sum

     I don’t feel comfortable posting remarks unfavourable to this President because like the many, I have reposed my hopes and aspirations on him and his administration for a meaningful change in the country especially in the peace and order condition.  But when one is presented with a patent subterfuge made to look forthright, one cannot help not to react negatively.  Such is exactly the nature of this news item to cover up for the failure of the President to acknowledge the 3rd anniversary of the most heinous warlordism crime ever perpetrated in this country.  Sec. de Lima made it more insulting to the peoples’ intelligence by making it appear that the President signed the AO on the eve of the massacre anniversary.  To plagiarize Cong. Farinas, PALUSOT!

    What makes this ‘palusot’ hard to sell is that in a functional system, there’s no need for the creation of a special body to find a solution to a problem unless, of course, the problem itself is extra-ordinarily outside the scope of the regular apparatus of the government.  The reality is there’s definitely a breakdown in the normal functioning of the government especially in the peace and order condition. 

    From the police, to the Justice Dept., up to the courts, the wheel of justice is not functioning according to Hoyle.  The situation certainly calls for a strong and inspiring leadership which seems to be not forthcoming.  Otherwise, the need for special body to look into these various crimes, killings, would be unnecessary.  Where leadership provides inspiration, the impetus for perspiration is not far behind.  Sadly, this is the most vital factor that is seemingly absent at present.
    However, the President is not running out of time yet.  But he must catch up or we all end up deeply disappointed.  Merci!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RTZPZN3OXJBI5KSBA6LHM6XZMA Lottie

    And what about the atrocities committed during his Mother’s regime?  What about current cases languishing in the system?  In the 2 years since Pnoy has been in office 13 journalists have been killed and none of the perpetrators brought to justice.  I can’t help but see this as another smear campaign on the past administration – misdirection to fool the masses into thinking he’s doing something for the nation when in fact there hasn’t been any progress.  

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      ‘Yung sa mga past regimes, palagay ko mas malaki ang maipaliliwanag dito ng mga nakaraang administrasyon…tulad halimbawa ni GMA, mayroon 9 years bago ang administrasyon ngayon, nariyan pa siya, o ang sinuman sa kaniyang mga spokesman, puwede ninyong i-directsa kanila kung ano ang ginawa nila sa mga kasong binanggit mo sa loob ng 9 na taon nila sa gobyerno.

      ;;Yung mga kaso sa kasalukuyang administrasyon, makatuwiran lamang na tugisin ang administrasyon ngayon.

      Ngayon, kung tungkol sa smear campaign, siyempre ibinabase rin naman sa mga pangyayari iyon, ngayon kung sa tingin ng bayan may ginagawang palso, bakit hindi dumaan sa tamang proceso?  kung impeachable, eh, bakit hindi ipa-impeach?

    • Malik62

      BS Aquino III will even exploit the sacred memories of the victims and their families just to pushed for his political vendetta. This will backfire on him.

  • UrHONOR

    HINDI kaya malintikan si Roding Duterte sa planong ito?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

      negative dahil sa first paragraph ng report  nakasaad na, violations committed during the term of gma will be given ‘greater priority’

      saka isa pa, di tataluhin ni oblak si duterte,

      takot niya lang.

  • ever green

    di ba trabaho na ng CHR yan???

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    kung susuriin ang larawan, malamang iniisip ni  delilah , “ano naman kayang kababalaghan ang ipapagawa sa akin”?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GEL5M676WZ7BLFR4SNH66WKRZM Bigboy I

    wala naman aamin na sila gumawa ng krimen.

  • tukmoldinako

    nakakatuwa ang buhay Pilipino, kahit gano kaganda ang isang hangarin ay may mapupuna parin,  dahil papogi points lang daw, election na naman, dagdag gastos, wlang mapupuntahan at marami pang iba.

    Ganyan tayong Pilipino, kaya nakakatuwa, bibihira ang natutuwa sa isang magandang hangarin, lol baka sakaling kahit hindi lahat ay matugunan kahit alam nating itoy mahirap gawin pero pag di tayo kikilos, sa pilipinas siguro ang pinaka maraming unsolve cases of crime and we are in the Guiness book of record.

    Pag di kanaman kumilos, sasabihin the wheel of justice in the country is very poor, the President is doing nothing, the courts are inutile, the judges are useless and only work for money, justice is only for the rich.

    saan tayo patutungo kung palagi tayong ganito, wala ganito parin tayo.
    But if we  moved now , something will happen, think positively, some will be solve and others will take ages or no result at all. isnt it better that our judges are busy and working, and will promote a big change to the society, probably , our system of politics will also change. dynasty rulers cannot simply kill people because they knew they will be exposed some other time. wouldnt that be beautiful see!

    Go ahead Mr President let every one work, lol

  • opinyonlangpo

    Lets also see if they will finally be able to find out who actually killed Ninoy.

  • http://twitter.com/gemaramil Karlos Aramil

    Wow! Superbody of 9 to investigate killings, abductions, tortures, etc human rights cases. At mga miembro ang:
    1. Secretary of National Defense
    2. AFP Chief of Staff
     3. PNP Director General

     At maraming cases involved ang mga personnel ng PNP at AFP. Parang naaaninag sa mukha ni DOJ Sec, na head ng Superbody, na malaki nga ang problema niya. Gudlak! 

    Ang unang pwedeng gawin ay pakawalan na si Rolly Panesa, yung secu guard na napagkamalang si Benjamin Mendoza na CPP leader daw. Binugbog, tinorture, nakakulang pa hanggang ngayon since October 5, bagamat inamin na ng authorities na simpleng secu guard nga siya at hindi yong may P5.6M reward. Paano na lang ang hanapbuhay niya, pamilya, etc eh hindi naman pala siya ang wanted? (- via M. Ramirez) JOKE BA ITONG ARTICLE NA ITO?

  • Malik62

    They dissolved the task force of GMA that handled extra-judicial killings, now here comes their superbody with a mission to give priority in investigating extra-judicial killings under GMA’s term? WHAT? Cheap shot!



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