Sunday, December 11, 2011

AFP turns over martial law documents to CHR

The Aquino administration is marking International Human Rights Day by having the military turn over declassified Martial Law documents to the Commission on Human Rights, Malacañang said Saturday.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) officials turned over the documents to CHR officials led by chairperson Loretta Ann Rosales, radio dzBB’s Glen Juego reported.

Rosales assured the public the documents will be accessible to them, the report added.

The officials offered a minute of silence for victims of human rights violations.

In Malacañang, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the AFPhad scheduled a turnover of the documents to the CHR.

“We have been informed that today, apart from being International Human Rights Day, will be the turnover of declassified Martial Law files from the AFP. Itu-turnover ito sa CHR," she said in an interview on government-run dzRB radio.

She indicated this was a follow-up of sorts to the “soft launch” of the turnover last September.

Valte said many of the Martial Law documents are from the Intelligence Services of the AFP (ISAFP) that will be given to the CHR.

Several military documents related to Martial Law were declassified last Sept. 21, the 39th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law by then President Ferdinand Marcos.

Marcos was ousted in a peaceful revolt in 1986 that installed the late Corazon Aquino in Malacañang. Mrs. Aquino is the mother of incumbent president Benigno Aquino III.

Earlier, the military agreed to turn over the declassified martial law records to the CHR “to make them available for historical and other public purposes and thereby start a process of healing based on truth, transparency, fairness and justice.” — LBG, GMA News
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December 10, 2011 1:30pm

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