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Terrorist attacks that are “indiscriminate” are condemned by CHR.

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) repeated its criticism of a string of “indiscriminate” terrorist attacks around the country, notably in Mindanao, on Friday.

“Any act of armed rebellion that tries to intimidate and stir dissension into the lives of people” is prohibited under international humanitarian law, according to CHR Executive Director Jacqueline Ann de Guia.

“These attacks are antagonistic to the country’s national development and run as opposed to the government’s peace and security initiatives,” de Guia stated.

She stated that the commission, as the country’s independent human rights authority, has been investigating the communist armed group the New People’s Army’s frequent violent attacks and killings (NPA).

The CHR also examines claims of abuse and oversees the government’s compliance with human rights policies.

“Similarly, CHR investigates and denounces rights violations and abuses committed by non-state actors and armed organizations,” she added.

De Guia also remarked that the CHR has been keeping an eye on the recent bombing incidents in Mindanao.

On May 26, an improvised explosive device went off inside the public utility bus terminus in Koronadal City, South Cotabato. On May 30, another blast occurred in a bus terminal in Tacurong, Sultan Kudarat, which was followed by a bomb explosion inside a bus company’s garage in Isabela City, Basilan.

“The CHR strongly condemns these acts of violence and indiscriminate bombings, which are in violation of international humanitarian law,” de Guia stated, adding that the panel is still investigating the NPA attacks.

The NPA should be held liable for the deaths of Keith Absalon and his cousin Nolven Absalon, according to the human rights organization.

“We appreciate the military’s support in our efforts, and we thank the 802nd Infantry Brigade for assisting our investigators in Region VIII (Eastern Visayas) in investigating NPA killings,” she stated. “We wish those injured in the Mindanao bombs a speedy recovery.”

According to De Guia, the CHR will conduct motu proprio and parallel investigations through its regional offices, working closely with local authorities.

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