No sacred cows in prosecuting perpetrators of extrajudicial killings, Palace says

November 27, 2012 11:33 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 27 — There will be no sacred cows in going after those involved in extrajudicial killings and those responsible will be prosecuted, Malacanang said Tuesday.

During a press conference in Malacanang, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte assured the families of the victims that a newly created “super body” organized to solve those murders will also go after military and police personnel involved in the killings.

“Whoever is responsible. Makikita naman natin ang composition ng inter-agency committee na ito na it’s composed really of the highest levels in government. We are doing this in cooperation with not just members of the Executive but also of independent constitutional bodies like the C0mmission of Human Rights, as observers, as well as the Office of the Ombudsman,” Valte said, when asked about the body’s scope of work.

“Makikita na lang din nila ang focus and ang commitment natin na matulungan sila sa paghahanap nila ng hustisya para doon sa kanilang nawawalang mahal sa buhay.”

President Benigno S. Aquino III has created a super body that will investigate the old and new cases of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, and other grave human rights violations, prioritizing those committed under the Arroyo administration.

The President signed Nov 22 Administrative Order No. 35 creating the body.

The Chief Executive issued the AO on the eve of the third anniversary of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre where 58 people were allegedly killed by the members of the Ampatuan clan and their followers.

Under the new order, the President created a nine-member Inter-agency committee on extra-legal killings, enforced disappearances, torture and other grave violations of the right to life, liberty and security of persons. (PNA)

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