Int’l group may hale Arroyo to UN over Ampatuan case
Posted by akosistella on April 24, 2010
An international media watchdog group threatened to hale President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo before a United Nations human rights body if her administration continues to do nothing to stop the impunity that has marred the process of the murder case stemming from the Nov. 23 Maguindanao massacre.
Reporters Sans Frontieres (Reporters Without Borders)/RSF made the call in the wake of Justice Secretary Alberto Agras decision to clear two Ampatuan clan members of murder charges relating to the gruesome massacre.
“We hope that the purpose of the political will displayed after the massacre on this crucial matter for the international credibility of the Philippines was not just the immediate impact. We therefore urge you to reinforce the resources available to the judicial system and to guarantee its independence so that the trial will be exemplary and so that the massacre’s instigators as well as its perpetrators can be punished,” the group said in an open letter to Mrs. Arroyo signed by RSF secretary general Jean-François Julliard.
Detainees now need DILG approval before holding press briefings
Detained persons will now need the personal approval of the Philippines’ Interior Secretary before being allowed to hold a press conference.
Previous jail policies only required approval from BJMP officials and consent from detainees and their lawyers, Chief Superintendent Serafin Barreto, chief of the BJMP-National Capital Region, said.
Rules covering these media briefings have been tightened after massacre murder suspect Andal Ampatuan Jr. was able to hold a press conference earlier this week.