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Army-CHR10 affirms adherence to human rights

CAMP BAHIAN, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon–The 4th Division (Mentor) Training School (4DTS) of 4th Infantry Diamond Division (4ID), Philippine Army (PA) has affirmed its adherence to human rights through a seminar held at the Headquarters, 4DTS, 4ID, PA, Camp Osito D Bahian, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon on July 07, 2020.

In the observance of the COVID-19 health protocols, the seminar was conducted through virtual teleconferencing (vtc) which aims to ensure adherence and respect of 4ID personnel to human rights in the performance of their duties and responsibilities in their respective units.

A total of 861 participants coming from different brigades and battalions of the 4ID have actively participated in the said seminar composed of 23 officers, 291 enlisted personnel, 359 candidate soldiers and 188 Civil Armed Auxiliary (CAA) trainees.

Despite massive protests by different sectors in the society against the recently approved Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 (RA 11479), the 4DTS personnel are committed in supporting this Act and guarantees that human rights are protected in the fight against terrorism.

Dr. Edwin German P. Solis (DPA), Chief on Educations and Promotions Office of Commission on Human Rights (CHR)- Region 10, the invited guest lecturer, gave emphasis that all military personnel must perform their duties and responsibilities in accordance with stated policies, guidelines and procedures on human rights in order to respect and protect the rights of every Filipino citizen.

Lt. Col. Ronald M. Illana, the Commandant of 4DTS, said that the personnel and students of 4DTS must be well-informed about the legal provisions on human rights so that they can perform well in the areas where they will be deployed.

“This seminar is very timely as the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 had been approved. We ensure that the personnel and students of 4DTS must be informed about the provisions of this Act, and also, to enforce this Act with respect to the basic human rights of every individual,” Lt. Col. Illana added. (PR)

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