Gabriela solon: Gen Año appointment as AFP chief, revival of death penalty threaten human rights

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 15:36 -- gwp_prop

“General Eduardo Año’s appointment as chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines is the gravest of insult that victims of human rights violations perpetrated by troops under his command. This does not bode well for the human rights situation in the country.”

This is according to Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Arlene Brosas following President Duterte’s appointment of General Eduardo Año as chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

“Año’s appointment despite his bloody human rights record on top of the continued implementation of Oplan Bayanihan, the non-release of political prisoners, extra-judicial killings and the recent committee approval of proposals to revive the death penalty make a very terrifying combination.”

The 69th IBPA under the command of Gen Año is responsible for the June 2015 Paquibato Massacre which killed three Lumad and peasant leaders. Gen. Año’s record, from Central Luzon to Mindanao included extrajudicial killings, hamletting, harassment, forced surrender, encampment of schools and places of worship, destruction of property, threats, and the use of children as shields. Año is said to be responsible for the disappearance of Jonas Burgos.

“We vow to be vigilant and to vehemently oppose the resurgence of martial law in the country.” #