NEWLY installed Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año assured Tuesday, January 9, that the human rights of each and every Filipino will be respected and upheld during his administration.
“Look at the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) when I was the Chief of Staff and commanding general of the army isa lang naman policy and it's always the premium on human rights of every Filipinos, everyone,” he said during the turn-over ceremony at the DILG office in Quezon City.
“‘Yung sinasabi nila during Marawi crisis ang daming apprehension pero look, meron bang violation na nagawa ang military sa human rights? In fact we encourage the filing of complaints so that we can polish our ranks sa pnp we will make sure na ganon policies natin,” he added.
Año made the statement amid the claims of human rights and activist groups that human rights violations may increase with him as the DILG chief considering his “bloody human rights record.”
"He was implicated in the abduction of (missing activist) Jonas Burgos and was accused of human rights violations in the course of counter-insurgency operations," said Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes.
He also expressed disbelief on the conduct of alleged state-sponsored killings amid the government’s crackdown against illegal drugs.
“I don't believe in extra-judicial killing. It's not a policy of the government and we will make sure that the rights of every individual are respected and recognized,” he said.
Año’s appointment was released by Malacañang on Friday after former DILG officer-in-charge Catalino Cuy was named as the new Dangerous Drugs Board chair.
Aside from the protection of the human rights, Año said he will work hand-in-hand with the Philippine National Police (PNP) in order to clean the ranks of the national police agency which had recently faced controversies due to the involvement of several police personnel on illegal activities. (SunStar Philippines)