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AFP, PNP back human rights indie films

MANILA, June 23 – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) said Thursday they express support for the showing of independent films on human rights.

As part of the PNP Integrated Transformation Program, the PNP Human Rights Development Program, also called as LOI “Pamana”, concentrates on its intensified efforts to promote and uphold the protection on human rights.

For this year, the PNP focuses on the enhancement of its relations with several government and private sectors involved in human rights promotion and protection.

With this, the PNP, together with the AFP, ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC), Hanns Seidel Foundation/Germany, Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF), Alternative Law Groups (ALG), the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and the Royal Embassy of Netherlands held a special screening of 15 independent short films about human rights, dubbed as “Kinse” Thursday at the AFP Theater, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

"Kinse" features issues about justice, domestic violence, media harassment, extra judicial killings, children and women’s rights, indigenous rights and the like.

Several guests, including top officials from CHR, Department of National Defense and Ambassador of the Netherlands to the Philippines are expected to attend the film showing.

PNP Chief, Director General Raul M. Bacalzo, represented by PNP Chief Director General Nicanor A. Bartolome and AFP Chief of Staff Gen Eduardo SL Oban Jr. will serve as co-hosts of the event.

“In line with the eight foundation initiatives and operational imperatives, this activity will be a great avenue for our personnel to recognize the observance of human rights as they perform police operations as well as day-to-day performance of duty.” Bacalzo said.

The participation of the PNP in the event would demonstrate PNP’s efforts to deepen human rights consciousness among police personnel in close partnership with other government agencies, civil society and non-government organizations.

AFP Human Rights Office (AFPHRO) Chief Col. Domingo J. Tutaan Jr. said the film series was an effective means of promoting the organization’s advocacy.

“We believe that “Kinse” is a very effective way to bring the human rights issues to the people as well as to our troops as we continuously seek the propagation of our advocacy inculcated within our Internal Peace and Security Plan or IPSP Bayanihan,” he said.

“The quest for peace and development is not a concern of those only in the security sector; it is, and must also be a concern of the whole nation. It is a common aspiration, which is why we are doing our best to encourage the soldiers and the civilians to work together to achieve just and lasting peace and stability within our nation,” Tutaan added.

Top officials from the AFP and the Philippine National Police (PNP), and the CHR Chairperson Loreta Ann P. Rosales were expected to attend the film showing and give special messages and remarks.(PNA) RMA/JCA

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