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UPDATED: 16:51, August 17, 2006
Philippines to form commission to investigate killings of leftists
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Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is forming a new commission to investigate the numerous killings of leftist and labor activists, said an official on Thursday.

"This commission will have the credibility and the clout to move ongoing probes forward, examine policy matters, recommend reforms and consolidate the effort to mete out justice in cooperation with all concerned sectors in the domestic and international community," Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye said in a statement.

The Philippine government is coming under increasing pressure from domestic and international non-governmental groups for failing to solve hundreds of assassinations of leftist and labor activists in the country over the past few years.

The European Union representative in the Philippines has also joined for stopping the killings.

"The President has condemned these killings in the strongest terms and is determined to take all the necessary measures to protect human rights and uphold the rule of law," said Bunye.

Local human rights groups said at least 728 leftists have been killed since 2001.

The latest assassination took place on Wednesday when unidentified gunmen shot dead an official of a leftwing group in Nueva Ecija 100 kilometers north of Manila.

Source: Xinhua

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