[In the Web] CHR to expose contents of martial law documents

Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin turns over to committee on human rights chairperson Loretta Ann P. Rosales declassified military documents on martial law in Camp Aguinaldo Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011 as House committee on human rights chairperson Rene L. Relampagos, (far left), and National Defense College of the Philippines President General Fermin De Leon, Jr., (far right) watch. MATIKAS SANTOS/INQUIRER.net

THE Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Thursday said that it will expose the contents of the “martial-leaks”, or the Department of National Defense documents detailing military operations during the martial law.

Meanwhile, a Catholic bishop said also on Thursday that some practices of martial law, such as the arrest and incarceration of political prisoners, remain even after the country had supposedly restored democracy following the fall of the Marcos dictatorship.

CHR Chairman Loretta “Etta” Rosales tagged the documents turned over to them by the DND as “martial-leaks,” in reference to the Internet hub WikiLeaks where secrets and classified documents derived from different embassies on various issues were exposed.

“We are currently forming a working group who will analyze these documents. Essentially, we have established the commitment of the AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippine] to turn over the documents,” Rosales told The Manila Times.

She added that they have to evaluate the documents and let the working group ensure that the papers would not be “sanitized” so the public could have a general understanding about martial law.

The CHR chairman vowed to leak the documents also to the media so Filipinos would know what exactly happened during the almost one decade of martial law under the iron rule of former president Ferdinand Marcos.

The Defense department turned over the bulk of documents to CHR on Wednesday in a ceremony marking the 39th anniversary of the declaration of martial law.

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