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Come up with proof on killings, military dares int’l rights group Written by Mario J. Mallari Friday, 20 July 2012 00:00 f

Friday, July 20, 2012

Come up with proof on killings, military dares int’l rights group


The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) yesterday challenged the Human Rights Watch (HRW) to back up its claims with evidence that paramilitary forces with links to the military were behind the killings of anti-mining activists in the country.

AFP spokesman Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr. stressed the military is open for any investigation in connection with the alleged involvement of its troops in the extra-judicial killings of activists as alleged by the New York-based HRW.

“That claim has to be supported with pieces of evidence. The AFP has been open in terms of investigation. We will cooperate with investigating agencies,” he said.

“If they have complaint, file it to proper venue. When it comes to investigation, we will cooperate… if it is an ongoing case, the AFP has nothing to do with it. (But) whenever we’re asked to submit personnel for questioning, we will do that,” Burgos added..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/index.php/headlines/item/1793-come-up-with-proof-on-killings-military-dares-int%E2%80%99l-rights-group

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