Flon Faurillo /
Commission, formed purportedly to probe the spate of extra-judicial
killings under the Arroyo administration, takes pains to present itself as
an independent body. Retired Supreme Court Justice Jose Melo, who heads
the commission, has declared however that the body will not look into who
the suspects are but rather will examine the causes behind the killings.
While it does sound like a statement of impartiality, the Melo
Commission’s line actually leaves unchallenged the line being mouthed by
Philippine National Police (PNP) Task Force Usig, Malacañang, and the
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) – that the killings are perpetrated
by the New People’s Army (NPA) – even as the patterns in these incidents
point to state forces as the most likely suspects.
Salungguhit literally means to
underline; figuratively, to
underscore or highlight.
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