[In the Web] We’re on it, Malacanang on killings


MALACANANG presidential office on Saturday reassured the United States the Aquino administration is acting to solve extra-legal killings, especially of journalists.

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda stressed this after US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas Jr. said the US will still withhold a part of assistance to the military over the matter.

Lacierda said on radio this weekend government has been addressing the killings in the country, especially with regard to reporters.

He said President Benigno Aquino III himself would call the attention of Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima when he hears of an extra-legal killing.

Earlier, Thomas said the US Congress will continue to withhold a part of US assistance to the Armed Forces of the Philippines until the government meets conditions on solving and prosecuting cases of unexplained killings.

News reports said Thomas informed human rights advocates in the country about the withholding of such US aid to the Philippines during a roundtable discussion at the US Embassy last Oct. 21.

 

Read full article at http://www.cathnewsphil.com/2011/11/07/were-on-it-malacanang-on-killings/.

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