Ex-human rights officer is new AFP spokesman
MANILA, Philippines - The former head of the military's human rights office is the new spokesman of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Brig. Gen. Domingo Tutaan was sworn in as the new military spokesman on Sunday, May 5, replacing Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos, who will be taking over the post of commander of the army's Civil Military Operations Group.
Tutaan said he is "well-versed" in the AFP's operations especially in the IPSP (Internal Peace and Security Plan) Bayanihan and its human rights aspects. Bayanihan is the military's anti-insurgency plan.
Tutaan said though that there are different kinds of human rights violations, such as the following: the case of missing activist Jonas Burgos, who was allegedly abducted by members of the military; and the attack of the communist group New People's Army on Gingoog Mayor Ruthie Guingona and her group and on the Philex mining site in Negros Occidental.
"There should be a collective call against armed violence," he said.
Tutaan, 54, also assumed the post of the chief of the Office of the Internal Auditor.
As internal auditor, he said he will assess the "performance of our units vis-à-vis the utilization of our resources."
Tutaan is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy Batch 81. He was designated to head the Philippine Human Rights Office in 2012. That position will now go to Col. Rhoderick Parayno, who used to head the army's human rights office.
Meanwhille, Burgos, who served as army PAO chief since 2010, will turn over his post to Major Ramon Zagala, who is to be promoted to lieutenant colonel.
Zagala, who is currently the Assistant Chief of Staff for Civil-Military Operations, Special Forces Regiment (Airborne) of the Army’s Special Operations Command (SOCOM), is a former aide-de-camp of deposed President Joseph Estrada. - Rappler.com