Medals for 2 Army officers in ‘Morong 43′ arrest slammed

MANILA, Philippines – Activists assailed the move by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to grant medals to 2┬ámilitary officers who were involved in the allegedly illegal arrests of 43 people in Morong, Rizal last February 6.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) secretary-general Renato Reyes Jr. said the “citations send the wrong message that human rights abuses committed in the name of counter-insurgency will be rewarded under the Arroyo government.”

“This simply reinforces the climate of impunity that has resulted in numerous abuses in the recent past,” he added.

Reyes said complaints will be filed before the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) this week against the arrests of the 43 people, alleged by the activists as health workers engaged in a medical training program when they were arrested.

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