Inside Story
Benigno Aquino's 'broken promises'
A year after taking office, is the president of the Philippines failing on his promise to end human rights abuses?
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2011 12:08

During his presidential campaign, Benigno Aquino III promised to end serious violations of human rights in the Philippines.

Over a year after he took office, the country's military continues to be implicated in several human rights violations including torture, disappearances and execution-style killings.  

Now, a report by Human Rights Watch says the government is failing to investigate and prosecute abuses by the military. 

In this show we ask: Is Benigno Aquino failing on his pledge to get tough on the army? 

Inside Story, with presenter Hazem Sika, discusses with Tom Smith, a visiting lecturer at De La Salle University in Manila; Ed Lingao, the multimedia director of The Philippine Centre for Investigative Journalism; and Gene Alcantara, a Filipino journalist.

This episode of Inside Story aired from Tuesday, July 19, 2011.

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