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Aquino urged to stop extrajudicial killings


President Benigno Aquino III

NEW YORK – President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, should urgently adopt measures to end killings by government security forces and militias,” said the non-governmental organization, Human Rights Watch in a letter delivered to Malacañang Palace on July 12.

Human Rights Watch urged Aquino to move swiftly with clear and effective policies to carry out his campaign commitments to promote justice, end extrajudicial killings, and abolish so-called private armies.

“President Aquino takes office at a time when the Philippines faces daunting human rights challenges,” said Elaine Pearson, acting Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Now he needs to turn his promises into action by taking immediate steps to end the widespread killings and hold the killers and those who deploy them accountable.”