CHR chief Etta Rosales speaks on Mamasapano ‘misencounter’ in Maguindanao

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Loretta Ann P. Rosales warned groups or individuals not to use the Mamasapano, Maguindanao bloody clash to derail current peace process between the national government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front. “We urge those who are angling to scuttle the Mindanao peace process to desist from exploiting the noble sacrifice of our special forces to achieve their ulterior motives,” Chairperson Rosales said.

“If at all, this incident has impressed upon all stakeholders the urgency of passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law,” the CHR chief noted.

“We are saddened by the violent outcome. We salute the fallen police officers for their bravery and loyalty to duty. From a human rights-based perspective, the principle of accountability must be emphasized.

Rosales pointed out that coordinating with the established mechanisms such as the Committee for the Ceasefire and Cessation of Hostilities and the International Monitoring Team “have been put in place to avoid these unfortunate circumstances.”

“The right to life of the combatants is paramount. Thus, law enforcement and international security operations must be conducted with utmost professionalism, discipline and compliance with the approved rules,” she said in a statement released to press.