Military welcomes charges
filed by ‘HR abuse’ victims
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW
Lt. Col. Pio Diñoso III, commanding officer of the 79th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army in Siaton, Negros Oriental, yesterday said he welcomes the charges filed by a volunteer of the militant human rights group, Karapatan, and civilians claiming to be victims of human rights abuses and other violations by him and his men.
Diñoso’s statement came in reaction to an electronic statement from Karapatan-Central Visayas saying that “victims of recent military abuses in Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental, filed formal complaints last Friday at the Ombudsman-Visayas against five identified soldiers of the 79th Infantry Battalion, including its commanding officer.”