Noynoy disappoints int’l human rights group
Posted by akosistella on April 25, 2010
MAKATI CITY, Philippines (1st UPDATE) –New York-based international group Human Rights Watch (HRW) is disappointed that the leading presidential candidates in the Philippines lack commitment to abolish the “private armies” that are responsible for human rights abuses in the Philippines.
HRW executive director, Kenneth Roth, who flew to Manila to speak with the candidates, was particularly concerned with the supposed “platitude” and “word game” of Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
“He waxed eloquently about his desire to rid the country of private army. He repeated this a number of times…. Unfortunately, he was playing word games,” Roth told reporters on Saturday.
Person tasked to dismantle private armies says job can’t be done
CATBALOGAN CITY, Philippines—The top official of the Commission against Private Armies (CAPA) has admitted that dismantling private armies in time for the elections in May is a “dream” difficult to achieve.
Commission chairperson Justice Monina Arevalo-Zenarosa said in a public forum here Friday that she and the other commissioners wanted to dismantle all private armies in Eastern Visayas in time for the elections but that this was not going to happen for as long as there were politicians bent on using all means to achieve victory in May.
“We cannot really totally dismantle these armed groups. That is why, we are appealing to our politicians as well as our police and soldiers to help us in this effort,” Zenarosa said.