MANILA – The Commander of the Philippine Army (PA) said that the welfare of Filipinos is always at the forefront in the conduct of operations against security threats.
Lieutenant-General Andres Centino gave the assurance as delegates from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) paid a courtesy visit to the army headquarters at Fort Bonifacio, in the town of Taguig, on Tuesday.
“It has been an honor to work alongside the ICRC as we keep the peace and protect our nation from the atrocities of the enemies. Rest assured that the Philippine army puts the welfare of the people in all of our operations, ”he said.
Centino assured the visiting delegates of the military’s “strong adherence” to international humanitarian law (IHL) and human rights as they discussed people deprived of their liberty and their status while in detention by the military. ‘army.
According to its website, the ICRC has declared that maintaining a dialogue with the armed forces is “an integral part” of its operations around the world to ensure that all levels of the armed forces are aware of and apply international humanitarian law and the law. human rights in their operations and facilitate humanitarian action. action in favor of conflict victims.
In a previous statement, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, General Jose Faustino Jr., said that adherence to the principles of IHL defines a professional military force.
The rules of IHL should be paramount, he said. (ANP)