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PIA Press Release
2009/06/05

Alston says unexplained killings in RP went down

Manila (5 June) -- Unexplained killings in the Philippines have "dramatically" gone down, a United Nations special rapporteur told a Human Rights organization in Switzerland.

Based on the report of the Philippine Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva to the Department of Foreign Affairs, UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston said the drop went as low as 70 percent and the Philippine Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has been reinvigorated.

DFA reported that Alston has acknowledged, in his follow-up report, the efforts that the government has been doing including the investigation on the alleged Davao death squads which he describes as "highly credible".

The Philippine government was heavily criticized after Alston reported a high number of unexplained killings in his first report to the United Nations which was largely based on information provided by left-leaning organizations.

Malacanang was grateful for the acknowledgement made by Alston.

"We thank Prof. Alston for recognizing the Philippine government's and the Arroyo administration's promotion and protection of human rights in the country in his presentation of his follow-up report Wednesday (June 3) to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland," said Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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