The Philippine government should investigate retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan for widespread rights violations by forces under his command instead of appointing him to a senior state post, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Feb. 3. Philippine Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita reportedly recently told the media that Palparan was being considered for a post on the Dangerous Drug Board. Its chairman, Vicente Sotto III, quickly welcomed the announcement, saying Palparan would be an "asset" to the agency. A 2006 government commission investigating extrajudicial killings of journalists, leftist activists, and outspoken clergy implicated members of the military and identified Palparan in its report. (HRW)

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