COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
21 JANUARY 2008
CHR-NCR Commissioner-in-Charge Wilhelm D. Soriano has already directed his people as early as yesterday to coordinate with the city mayors of Manila and Quezon City to find out if there are any groups or organizations applying for a permit rally in time for the commemoration of the Mendiola incident.
The preparation, the CHR official said, is a routine task of the CHR Composite Team of doctors, investigators, lawyers and its reportorial team during reported rallies or street demonstrations. The pro-active stance of the independent constitutional body during mass protests and rallies has averted confrontation between the police authorities and participants during said activities.
Upon validation of the matter with the office of the city mayors, Soriano added that CHR representatives then meet with both the organizers and the police authorities. The CHR conducts a brief civil disturbance management control units of the PNP on the implementation of the maximum tolerance on one hand and the organizers to also police their own ranks on the other hand. The system has been in place and been very effective in handling protests march notably the State of the Nation Address, the Erap Promulgation, among others.
“Time and again, the CHR Composite Teams’ presence during rallies have avoided any untoward incidents that might have erupted during heated confrontation. As always, we adhere to the principle of observing maximum tolerance among the members of the PNP since after all, they should be the people’s protector, first and foremost., “ Commissioner Soriano said.