April 1, 2013
The Philippine Army has refused to comment on the mug shot of activist Jonas Burgos that emerged and was distributed nearly six years after he was seized in 2007.
“How can we comment on an ordinary photo that was taken from a camera and being distributed as a mug shot when in fact as far as we know, mug shots are being taken by the police and includes name and other markings,” said Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang, Army spokesman. “We cannot comment properly on a single picture.”
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), for its part, said it has yet to see a copy of the Court of Appeals ruling on the Burgos case but said it would not tolerate human rights abuses committed by its personnel.
“The AFP condemns any act of violation of the basic and constitutional rights of individuals. We are doing every necessary step to ensure that all our personnel strictly follow the AFP rules, regulations and policy which are consistent with the internationally accepted agreements and laws,” a statement from the AFP said.
The Philippine National Police (PNP), meanwhile, said it will further intensify its investigation into the case of Burgos and will comply with the CA ruling.