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One step forward in the call for action on EJKs

THE new presidential spokesman Harry Roque cleared the air on the matter of “extra-judicial killings” (EJK) when he acknowledged in a radio interview last Sunday that there may have been EJKs and human rights violations in the country. But there has to be proof in each case, he said.

Secretary of Justice Vitaliano Aguirre II called a meeting of the Inter-Agency Committee on EJKs (Extra-Judicial Killings) last October 25 in the wake of concerns aired by some countries and the United Nations Human Rights Council, (UNHRC) over thousands of killings linked to the ongoing campaign against drugs.

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In order to clear his name, Department of Justice (DoJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II yesterday ordered the National Bureau Investigation (NBI) to investigate himself and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. in connection with the accusations thrown at them by gambling operator Charlie “Atong” Ang.

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Leila may send lawyer to probe

Sen. Leila M. de Lima may opt to send a lawyer or send her written statement to answer the allegations hurled against her on the proliferation of illegal drugs at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City during her stint as Secretary of Justice.

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