Pimentel Warns vs Civil, Human Rights Abuses
Byline: MARIO B. CASAYURAN
Opposition Sen. Aquilino Q. Pimentel Jr. threw yesterday his support behind President Gloria Macapagal Arroyos declaration of state of lawless violence in Davao City but warned against civil or human rights violations by government agents or soldiers in the guise of stamping out terrorism.
Other related developments:
- Vice President Teofisto Guingona Jr. invited yesterday religious leaders of diverse, faiths to a meeting at Club Filipino next Tuesday so that they can suggest "what we can do to counter this inordinate spiral of violence, how we can sow peace anew - and live together in harmony -- to remove the bias, the bad faith, the insincerity of some - to heal the wounds of the past."
- Senate Majority Leader Loren Legarda said that while the government should go after the perpetrators of the Sasa seaport bombing last Wednesday that killed 15 persons and woundedat least 50 others," it should also examine the roots of the problem in Mindanao so that the bloody conflict in that island which has been going on for decades should finally end."
- Opposition Sen. Rodolfo G. Biazon, vice chairman of the Senate national defense and security committee, reiterated his advice issued immediately after the bombing of the Davao airport last March 4 for the deployment of additional Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) men to Davao to increase the government capability to provide security to the public and restore order. …