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2007-06-08 00:43
2011-08-30 01:44
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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM PREL EAID RP
SUBJECT: PHILIPPINE POLICE SETS UP NEW HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICE

REF: A. MANILA 1702

¶B. MANILA 599

MANILA 00001910 001.2 OF 002

¶1. (U) General German B. Doria, Officer-in-Charge of the
Philippine National Police’s new Human Rights Affairs Office
(HRAO), on June 6 briefed Pol/C and U.S. Senior Law
Enforcement Advisor on the role of this office, which PNP
Director General Calderon had formally established only on
April 18, 2007. We were the first foreign diplomats to meet
with him and to visit the new offices on the main PNP
compound at Camp Crame. He underscored that General Calderon
had specifically chosen a one-star general equivalent to head
the HRAO to demonstrate its importance.

¶2. (SBU) According to General Doria, an immediate priority
of the HRAO will be to ensure the successful implementation
— with full respect for human rights — of the Philippines’
landmark counterterrorism legislation, the Human Security Act
of 2007 (ref b). Legislators had built into the bill a
series of human rights protections — with steep penalties
against officials who violate basic civil or human rights —
and the HRAO will undertake training of the entire police
corps to ensure that PNP personnel do not engage in any
abuses that would lead to penalties coming out of the PNP
budget. PNP is now part of a 46-agency team that, under the
leadership of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency,
is drafting the implementing regulations for the legislation,
which formally will come into effect on July 14 (e.g. two
months after the mid-term elections). General Doria admitted
the enormity of this task, and said he would rely heavily on
“train the trainers” techniques, given that his entire staff
will include no more than six officers (ideally, all lawyers)
and eight other PNP personnel. The HRAO has already
organized one seminar, for the PNP’s Special Action Force.

¶3. (SBU) Over the longer term, the HRAO’s mission will be
both to provide policy advice on improving human rights
respect within the PNP and to serve as an action office to
ensure disciplinary action against those PNP personnel who
violate the human rights of suspects and detainees. He
promised to obtain and share with Embassy statistics on how
many PNP personnel had in recent years faced disciplinary
action in such cases, especially “unnecessary use of force.”
He said that there had not been any actual dismissals on such
charges, nor of physical abuse of detainees or use of
torture, at least in recent memory. He added that the HRAO
also would also eventually provide training on legitimate
techniques, including proper use of fire-arms.

¶4. (SBU) For cases in which PNP personnel may have been
involved in unlawful killings of leftist activists or
journalists, the HRAO plans to coordinate closely with the
PNP’s Task Force Usig to ensure full and fair investigations
and to bring to justice any culprits from within the PNP.
Noting the number of police superintendents already relieved
of command over the past year for alleged complicity in such
cases or for failure to provide adequate oversight (ref a),
General Doria insisted that, even without dismissal, such
disciplinary actions have a deep psychic toll on police
commanders and also would forever remain a stain on their
personnel records, thus making this an effective punishment
and providing a strong incentive for local commanders to take
every possible measure to avoid.

¶5. (SBU) General Doria promised that HRAO would also begin
soon to organize regular seminars on human rights for new PNP
officers at the National Police College and for enlisted
personnel at the Philippine National Training Institute. He
noted that he had already received offers of assistance from
the prestigious Ateneo de Manila Law Center, and will reach
out next to other possible partners in the legal and human
rights communities, including the Philippine Commission on
Human Rights and the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ new
Human Rights Office.

¶6. (SBU) Pol/C and Senior Law Enforcement Advisor
underscored the USG’s commitment to assisting the Philippine
government and PNP better to protect and promote human rights
generally, and, more specifically, to ensure that those
involved in unlawful killings — regardless of who they are
— face justice. Our Senior Law Enforcement Advisor
described ongoing INL-funded activities under the PNP’s
Transformation Program, all of which include human rights
training. He and General Doria agreed to meet again soon to
review curriculum and determine future areas of coordination
and assistance.

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MANILA 00001910 002 OF 002

http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/eap/manila/index. cfm

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