New DILG OIC Año to human rights group: I don’t believe in EJKs.

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Human Rights group slammed the appointment of Eduardo Año as the new Officer-in-charge of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

According to the group, his appointment will bring a “badge to kill and arrest more” individuals.

In a statement on Tuesday, Hustisya chairperson Evangeline Hernandez said that the newly appointed OIC has with him his “bloody record of human rights violations” during his time with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

“Año will be the main implementor of a more brutal campaign of extrajudicial killings under the Duterte government’s campaign on the war on drugs and the arrest and crackdown of activists and progressives as part of the counter-insurgency program,” Hernandez said.

Meanwhile, Año hits them back saying that Extrajudicial killings will have no place under his leadership.

“I don’t believe in EJKs. It’s not a policy of the government and we will make sure that the rights of every individual are respected and recognized,” he said.

The newly appointed OIC also calmed the fears of some that his presence would “militarize” the department, which holds jurisdiction to Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).

“Look at the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines). When I was the COS (chief of staff) and commanding general of the Army I only had one policy and it’s always the premium on human rights of every Filipino,” he said.

“What they’re saying during the Marawi City crisis, so many apprehensions, but look no violation of human rights happened.” He added.

Año vowed to work on improving the image of the Philippine National Police as some of its members were linked to illegal drugs and EJK.

He also would look into the training and values formation of the PNP and develop their commitment as public servants.

“In totality there is one thing we’d like to develop in the minds of officials in the armed services – that we’re here to serve,” he said.

source: Philstar

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  1. Those TRAPOs and non law abiding citizens you must change now or you will be sorry. General Ano is just doing his job to protect the law abiding citizens there is no EJKs in the Philippines those unknown killings are the results Rival of Illegal drug business and you charge it the government without any proof of evidence. Be fair and to the authorities and dont just bubble your mouth to spread lies that would mislead the Filipino people.

  2. Pa pogie ka Evangeline sa media? wala ring maniniwala sa iyo. Kaming mga DDS ay di nyo na mauuto pa. Kaya dont mislead the people because its not good.