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    Rights lawyers slam appointment of police general to Human Rights Claims Board

    On the appointment of 2-star police general to the Human Rights Claims  Board: A mockery and a bad prank

    Nothing personal. But does she “have a deep and thorough understanding and knowledge of human rights and involvement in efforts against human rights violations” committed during the Marcos regime as mandated by the law? No such evidence on record.

    Does she “have a clear and adequate understanding and commitment to human rights protection, promotion and advocacy?” Open to serious challenge.

    And yet she will head this Claims Board? Why put a woman in uniform who represents an institution that has historically played its indispensable role in violating  human rights  at the helm of a body on human rights? What sort of macabre message is this?

    As a Philippine National Police “human rights officer,” she played into the part of the apologist mechanism in the killing spree and nightmare of disappearances of scores of civilians during the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo administration. Does this inspire trust and confidence?

    And BS Aquino had to take a year before he could finally decide to openly dishonor, insult and scoff at the memory and sacrifice of those who raged against the dying of the light.

    Incredible callousness on top of signature indolence.

    Save maybe for some on the Board who may be sincere, tthose that were at the forefront of the battle against the fascist dictatorship & incorrigible kleptocracy were obviously shut out any representation by this son of perceived icons of democracy.

    Where does the  heart of this government lie? Or is it April Fools’ Day?

    Edre U. Olalia
    Secretary General

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