Malacañang’s counter to Melo Commission report: Incomplete and accusatory

So the reason why it took long before the Melo Commission Report would be made available to the public is now obvious: The report is incomplete and accusatory of government. Palace’s Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye indicated this on Inquirer.net’s news story.

If I’m not mistaken, Bunye implies that the report’s being incomplete pushed government to invite the UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston to do an inquiry on the extrajudicial killings in the Philippines, to complement the report. And thanks to Alston’s push, government has made the Melo report accessible to the media and the international community.

In trying to make himself to be much-quoted by the press, Bunye reacted to the report by saying: “Accusations do not solve the problem; actions do.” Inviting Alston already passes as an action, all right. But what else? If Bunye claims that government has condemned the extrajudicial killings “from the beginning”, does it mean that government will continue to condemn it “until the end”—when all activists in the country have died?

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