Government serious on PHL human rights situation –Palace

December 4, 2012 11:00 pm 

By Lilybeth G. Ison

MANILA, Dec. 4 — The administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III is serious in addressing the human rights situation in the country as the Aquino family members themselves were human rights victims during the martial law years.

"I hope that Mrs. (Edith) Burgos does not lose hope, especially since seryoso naman po ang Pangulo," said Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte in a press briefing in Malacanang on Tuesday.

"It is not a secret kung ano rin po ‘yung pinagdaanan ng pamilya ng Pangulo at alam po niya ‘yung pakiramdam, and because of this, that is where the need to help others comes from," she stressed.

Mrs. Burgos blames the military for the disappearance of her son, Jonas, who was abducted on April 28, 2007 while having lunch in a mall in Quezon City.

"The swearing in of Eduardo Ano in Malacanang as the new Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) chief has annihilated whatever small hope I held on to that, in time, during this dispensation, the human rights situation in the Philippines would improve and the surfacing of my son, Jonas, would follow soon. Lord have mercy on Jonas and the other human rights victims," said Mrs. Burgos in a statement.

"Let’s not lose hope," said Valte in reaction to the statement. (PNA)



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