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AFP, CHR sign MOU for strengthening human rights agenda

Armed Forces of the Philippines, Commission on Human Rights agree to pursue human rights agenda

MANILA – A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Commission on Human Rights earlier today at the AFP Commissioned Officers’ Club at Camp Aguinaldo.

The signatories were AFP Chief of Staff Lt. General Cirilito Sobejana and CHR Chairperson Atty. Jose Luis Martin Gascon. The other signatories were Colonel Joel Alejandro Nacnac, chief of the AFP Human Rights Office and CHR Executive Director Atty. Jacqueline Anne De Guia.

“We in the AFP will always endeavor to seek the most effective ways to address the gaps, in particular on observance of Human Rights of our organization. I am certain that by fostering close coordination, which involves a mutual exchange of knowledge on the intricacies and the proper interpretation of human rights and the best ways to promote them, there is surely much to learn from our counterparts from the CHR,” General Sobejana said.

The memorandum calls for the AFP and CHR to work together in Education, Training and Advocacy and collaboration in monitoring mechanisms and data sharing of incidents or cases of human rights violations.

“It is with deep appreciation and renewed hope that we welcome the signing of the memorandum of agreement with the AFP. Indeed, as duty bearers, we have the obligation to our citizens to uphold and protect Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law. This MOU will strengthen our respective institutions’ efforts in providing protection for the rights of all people in our country,” CHR Chair Gascon said.

The event was made possible through the AFP Human Rights Office. (Melo M. Acuña)

AFP, CHR sign Memorandum of Understanding to pursue Human Rights agenda. The MOU was signed by CHR Chair Atty. Jose Luis Martin "Chito" Gascon and AFP Chief of Staff Lt. General Cirilito Sobejana and witnessed by other AFP andCHR officials. (AFP PAO photo handouts)

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