In commemoration of the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) reiterates its call to President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to combat torture and other forms of human rights violations.
There is a need for P-Noy to explicitly declare that he is waging war against human rights violations in the same way that he promised to fight corruption during his campaign for presidency. Situations on the ground demand a stricter and more serious order from the leadership to its personnel to give the highest respect for human rights.
P-Noy should consider that human rights violations are also rooted from poverty. The eradication of human rights violations may even be more important than the fight against corruption.
Filed Under: Crime and Law and Justice, Torture, Justice & Rights, Human Rights
MANILA, Philippines—After 14 years, a complaint of torture filed by the so-called Abadilla 5 against their arresting officers were finally acted upon by judicial authorities.
The Office of the Ombudsman Monday recommended the filing of criminal charges against 15 policemen for allegedly torturing and violating the rights of five people who were convicted 11 years ago by Quezon City Judge Jaime Salazar for the June 13, 1996, murder of former Col. Rolando Abadilla, a dreaded intelligence officer during the Marcos regime.