Palace’s new rights body a publicity stunt, says Bayan



Renato Reyes Jr. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Malacañang’s newly established human rights “super body” is defective and could just be a “public relations effort,” a leftwing group said Tuesday.

President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday 22 signed Administrative Order No. 35 creating the “Inter-agency committee on Extra-Legal Killings, Enforced Disappearances, Torture and Other Grave Violations of the Right to Life, Liberty and Security of Persons.”

Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) secretary general Renato Reyes Jr. said in a statement Tuesday that the “super body” lacks focus because it will look into both “state and non-state actors” involved in rights abuses.

“Instead of focusing its efforts solely on state security forces–which have been acknowledged here and abroad as the main perpetrators of human rights violations– this new body will also take on alleged abuses by so-called non-state actors,” Reyes said.

“This will inevitably muddle the issues because these may now include actions by the Abu Sayyaf or by criminal groups,” he added. “The work of the Philippine government should focus on stopping the abuses committed by the state forces. We fear that this broad mandate will only dilute the issue of state-sponsored violations.”

The inclusion of the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the group is also questionable, Reyes said.

“The body will inevitably come across abuses by the AFP. It is therefore strange that those being investigated are also part of investigating body. We can already expect the AFP to deny the allegations of abuses. What then would be the result if the AFP Chief of Staff sitting in the body denies the allegations?” he said.

The Secretary of Justice will head the committee and the other members will be 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 director general of the Philippine National Police and the director of the National Bureau of Investigation.

The chairman of the Commission on Human Rights and the Ombudsman will serve as observers but can also contribute their insights to the body.

“At the end of the day, this latest super-body will be judged based on the number of cases filed and convictions achieved with regards to human rights violations. The Aquino government is big on rhetoric but has not shown much results in terms of achieving justice for victims,” Reyes said.

If it does not produce results, it “will be the latest in a string of public relations efforts by the Philippine government directed primarily at the international community and donor governments,” he said.

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  • EOJ

    The govt can not do anything if we listen to these useless leftists.

  • Klein Mo

    Why not include non-State? Because HR violations of NPAs will be exposed?

  • maharlika27

    Ask this guy, what is his stand on disputed islands…Never heard a single word from his mouth…If you notice this group, whatever the good things done or plans by the gov’t..they can’t wait for a day to degrade the efforts of gov’t… the media has the important role to stop this kind of group. The group is using the media to destroy the democracy of our country…As communist principle says, “destroy democracy thru democracy”… God have Mercy to us all esp to those souls used by evil one..

  • ArmchairGeek

    “This will inevitably muddle the issues because these may now include actions by the Abu Sayyaf or by criminal groups”… why can’t he mention NPA on the same breath?

  • virgoyap

    If I were P-Noy I will include Renato Reyes as member of the human rights “superbody” so that it will not be a publicity stunt.

  • Mel


  • jc o

    may nagawa na ba tong taong to bukod sa dumaldal at magpapansin?

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  • Karabkatab

    Relax lang Natoy, malamang isama ka rin sa listahan later.  Ikaw rin, sayang ang honorarium, pambili mo ng yosi.

  • jaws378

    As expected, sumali na naman si Renato Reyes. The problem with this person is that all he knows is to criticize the action of the goverment irrespective of who is running it. Has he offered  a solution to this issue other than to blame the military and the police?

  • ramelatilano

    ha ha ha dyan ka na naman…renato reyes…voice out mo ang stand ng grupo mo tungkol sa pamgbubully ng china….sabihin ang ang tungkol sa pang aapi ng china sa pilipinas…yan ang tama  para maniwala ang mga tao na ang ginagawa mo ay para sa pilipinas..kung tinrahin mo ang US lalong tirahin mo dapat ang china…..ok ba yan

  • JaAb65

    ikaw renato hindi ka ba publicity stunt?

  • disqusted0fu

    a lot of things in this administration seems to be for publicity stunt. what else is new?! if they can back this up with positive results, thats the only time i will believe that this is not a stunt.

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