Palace 'frowns on' extrajudicial killings

On the internationally observed Human Rights Day, Malacañang admitted cluelessness to the progress of human rights violation cases currently with the Commission on Human Rights. “You should ask the Commission on Human Rights, because we have our own human rights desk here. Si CHR [Commissioner] Etta Rosales would have their own report. We don’t know the report of CHR or what they have been doing,” Lacierda said in a briefing Monday. Lacierda instead pointed to Justice Secretary Leila De Lima as point person within the executive branch. “So nandyan po si Secretary Leila de Lima bilang isang dating chairman ng Commission on Human Rights so alam po niya at dala po niya ang kargo na pahalagahan ang human rights,” Lacierda said. Lacierda also reiterated that the administration’s policy against human rights violations is clear, reminding the public that President Benigno Aquino himself was a victim of human rights violations. “Ang unang-una po nating polisiya ay klaro: tinataguyod po natin ang human rights,” Lacierda said. “Again, we frown on extrajudicial killings. That’s something that we are very emphatic [about,]” he added “Tandaan po natin ang pamilya ng ating Pangulo ay naging isang biktima rin po ng human rights abuse. So mahalaga po sa ating administrasyon ito: to value human rights,” Lacierda said. December 10 has become known as Human Rights Day. On that date in 1948, the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted. — BM, GMA News

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