Rosales welcomes plans to create probe body vs. extra judicial killings

August 22, 2010 9:52 am 

MANILA, Aug. 21 – Educator-lawyer Loretta Ann “Etta” Rosales, newly-appointed chairman of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), on Saturday welcomed Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s plan to create an investigation team which will look after extra-judicial killings cases.

Rosales said she and De Lima were both human rights defenders. They come from different backgrounds.

Rosales said that she was a lawmaker while De Lima was an election lawyer. She also said she would prioritize major human rights issues such as extrajudicial killings, involuntary disappearances and police brutality once she takes over the commission.

“I will ensure that the commission under my stewardship will not be beholden to any politician or any group but only to the universal principles of human rights. I will only be impartial to the respect and recognition of human dignity,” she said.

A staunch human rights defender, Rosales led 9,839 Marcos human rights victims who filed and won a class action suit in the US Hawaii District Court. In its decision, the court said the Marcoses were liable for $ 1.9 billion exemplary and compensatory damages to the victims. (PNA) RMA/JCA

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