AFP among world’s best in human rights?

MANILA – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is among the world’s best when it comes to human rights, a military spokesman claimed Monday.

AFP spokesman Col. Restituto Padilla issued the statement after a report alleged that the United States is witholding aid to the Philippine military because of human rights violations.

“Regarding human rights, the AFP is among the best in the world that has adopted within its professional military training and education system a consistent and responsive human rights awareness and training regimen beginning from the entry of each recruit into the service and throughout their required military career training courses,” Padilla said.

He added that the allegation of aid being withheld “is just a rehash of issues that have been addressed long ago.”

“We are also not aware of any aid that has been put on hold,” he said.

“The Philippines and US defense and military alliance remains strong with the US affirming its commitment to assist the AFP in its capability development the way the AFP may desire to and in a manner consistent with US laws,” Padilla said.

“IPSP [Internal Peace and Security Plan] Bayanihan is a military campaign plan that has peace, respect for life and other human rights as primordial concerns and fundamental basis.” – report from Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News

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