Philippines Reeling From Revelations of Extrajudicial Killings

Philippines Reeling From Revelations of Extrajudicial Killings

DENPASAR, Indonesia -- The U.S. ambassador to the Philippines has broken her silence and called on Manila to end extrajudicial killings. On Feb. 27, U.S. ambassador Kristie Kenney said that human rights are critical to every democratic country and asked President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to do all she can to stop the murderous spree.

"Let's beef up the human rights in the Armed Forces of the Philippines and make every effort to investigate, prosecute those responsible, [and] exonerate the innocent," she said when pressed by reporters.

Ambassador Kenney did not say whether the United States will be involved in the investigations, or whether Washington is prepared to apply any pressure on Manila.

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