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PIA Press Release
2006/09/14

Invitations to int'l teams to monitor extrajudicial killings gains positive results

By Jessie R. Valdez

San Fernando City, La Union (14 September) -- In her determination to bring justice to the victims and crack down the spate of killings and abductions in the country, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's invitation to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, members of the Belgium's Congress and the European Commission, gained positive results.

The European Commission lauded the Philippine Government for swift and transparent efforts to wipe out political killings and other crimes for the creation of an independent Commission to probe into the extrajudicial killings and rapid investigations.

Based on reports, international organizations are interested and even pledged to come and visit the country to monitor the Philippines' efforts in addressing unresolved killings and other human rights violations.

In her meetings with other world leaders during her trips, the President assured them of her government's determination to protect human rights in the country and allowed international probers to come and visit RP to look into the spate of killings.

The move of the President inviting international organizations to come and monitor, signifies President Arroyo's sincerity and proved wrong their allegations that her government prevents international organization from coming to the Philippines and monitor.

Meanwhile, the Government and the Filipino people express their gratefulness to EU for supporting the peace process in Mindanao who offered 25M euros to finance government's peace program and development of Mindanao.

President Arroyo deserves to be congratulated and recognized for her tireless efforts and earnest desire to end extrajudicial killings, disappearances as well as secure peace and economic stability in Mindanao (PIA La Union) [top]

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