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MINDANAO-BASED HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP RECORDS MORE ABUSE CASES IN MARAWI



While some rejoice over the liberation of the war-torn city, others cry for justice – justice for the alleged human rights violations, they deem, perpetrated by the Philippine military during the months-long siege.

Last week, a Mindanao-based human rights group called Kalinaw Mindanao led the third Interfaith Humanitarian mission.

It was a two-day mission where international delegates affirmed reports from Marawi evacuees and added 56 cases to the more than 300 abuse cases reported before.

In an article published by the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines Northern Mindanao Sub-Region, the mission abled the group to document five cases of indiscriminate firing, six illegal arrest, threat, 16 harassment and intimidation, 48 destruction of property, eight violation of domicile and nine divestment of property or looting.

Also last week in a research done by Amnesty International, abuses were reportedly committed not just by the Isis-inspired militants but also by military forces.

The group reportedly says survivors and witnesses shared how they were tortured and mistreated by the uniformed personnel.

The Amnesty International's report said quote- further investigation is needed to determine whether the infrastructure damage and the loss of civilian life were militarily necessary and proportional to the threat posed by the militants – end of quote.

Meanwhile Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Spokesperson Major General Restituto Padilla says investigation will be conducted and that those guilty will be held accountable.

Padilla reiterated AFP Chief of Staff General Rey Leonardo Guerrero's words, warning the troops that their misdeeds will not be tolerated.